"Tech neck is a real thing (and I have it)"
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Tech neck is a real thing (and I have it)
[NOISE] Yep, that's my neck.
It sounded pretty bad but don't worry.
It actually felt good.
I found myself in this position because I spent too much time in this position.
Years of crunching up Up and hunching forward while using computers has given me tech neck.
Yeah, tech neck, I know it sounds ridiculous.
But it is a real thing.
And apparently I'm a classic case.
I'm Dr. Mackenzie Hubert and I am the chiropractor at Manhattan Total Health.
Her adjustments are helping get my neck back in shape, because it's currently the wrong shape.
X-rays confirmed that years of bad posture changed the curvature of my spine, putting extra strain on my vertebrae.
And it left me with upper back pain that wouldn't go away.
Their head has gone forward, which is called Forward Head Carriage.
Which is an effect of Tech neck, or a cause of tech neck and it and it happens over time.
This doesnt happen, you know, over a week or two, using a phone.
This is years.
So why does a little hunch cause so much stress?
Your head normally weighs about 10 pounds, like this bowling ball.
You know how the further out you hold the ball, the heavier and heavier it feels, and you have to work harder to keep it up, while just bending your neck down 45 degrees is like holding a 50 pound head.
[NOISE] But this doesn't have to be your story.
There are easy things you can do to prevent tech neck.
Start by changing how you hold your phone.
Stand up straight and try to keep your arms to your sides, and hold your phone like you're a T-Rex.
Now there's less reason to bend your head forward.
Of course it's gonna seat up straight at your desk and you can be better about it by getting those feet flat on the floor.
And put your elbows to your sides.
And the top of your monitor should be at your eye level and the monitor should an arm sling distance away from you.
You can counter the strain by bending your head back And look up.
It also helps to stretch your arms back, squeeze your shoulder blades and roll those shoulders.
Pressing your head back into your hands is another nice stretch, but if stretches aren't enough, be sure to talk to a doctor and get professional help.
It's what I needed to feel better.