We love our smartphones, tablets and other super convenient and compact devices. But what’s not so great about this technology is that it’s starting to become a pain the neck, literally.
Dubbed “tech neck,” upper back, shoulder and neck pain that result from poor posture when constantly looking down at our devices is becoming increasingly common among people of all ages.
Short of ditching your devices, there are a few ways that you can help to prevent tech neck.
1. Isometric Exercises
It’s always a good idea to take short breaks from your screens throughout the day, even if only for a couple minutes at a time. During these breaks, performing isometric exercises with your neck can help to prevent neck, back and shoulder pain.
Simply hold your neck in a posture position and push your head against your hand until you feel a slight resistance. Hold each position for 5 to 10 seconds.
2. Neck Stretches
Similarly, you can perform a series of stretches to help relieve and prevent pain associated with poor posture. Sit up straight with your feet planted on the ground and, rather than pushing against your head, use your hand to gently pull your neck to each side and back and forth. Hold each position for 5 to 10 seconds.
3. Get the App
There are several apps that you can download on your smartphone that will alert you when your phone is tilted at an unhealthy angle for your neck and upper body.