Do you find that your neck gives you grief when you spend too much time on your phone or a computer screen?

It’s understandable that ‘tech neck’ arises when you think about the strain you put your neck under when you’re constantly looking down at your phone or tablet for an extended period of time.

Same goes for your computer.

Even as I write this, I’m not ergonomically set up correctly.

I’m sitting on my lounge with the laptop resting on a cushion on my lap typing away in a break from watching the first NBA basketball game in the last 4 months.

And when we do it for an extended period of time it can cause a major long term problem – forward head posture.

Which means your neck and head is constantly lunging forward rather than sitting directly on top of your shoulders.

That is pretty ordinary cause it places heaps of strain on your neck with the weight of your head increasing in that position.

So how can we fix it?

Check out this article for starters.

It includes some great info and exercises – including video demos.

But in a nutshell?

Limiting screen time is a good start.

Especially with kids too.

But also avoiding what I’m doing now and working on the lounge.

An adjustable stand or desk is recommended if you can swing that.

The thing for me that really works is foam rolling and trigger point work with my massage balls.

I have one of those long rollers that I lay on each night for 10-15 mins minimum.

Lay longways so it runs along your spine, starting at your tailbone and running up to the top of your head.

And just relax on  it.

With the massage balls I place one under each shoulder blade with my head on the foam roller while I’m watching tv or on my phone.

All of these things will help.

I can see this becoming a big issue down the track as a result of the working from home situation we’ve been in now for a longer time than initially expected.
The physios and chiros will love it, but our bodies won’t.

So check out that article for some of the exercises if you feel like you need a bit of extra help.

Cheers,
Daniel

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