Technology is amazing when it keeps people connected but it comes at a price. Every year, more workers are experiencing tech neck symptoms due to prolonged periods working on the computer. We're All Spending Too Much Time Staring At Screens.
The act of holding your head flexed and forward while looking down at your handheld device and/or laptop screen places your cervical spine in a tenuous position. Take care of your body, and do what you can to avoid neck pain, even if it means disconnecting from a constantly connected high-tech world.
Here a few simple steps to help you start:
* Designate time away from the computer each day
* While at work stand up every 20 minutes AND Take a 3 minutes walking rest break each hour, OR Stand up every 15 minutes & bounce around for a minute before sitting back down
* Sit in a chair with a headrest
* Block distracting sites that are making you spend more time on the computer
* Place your computer monitor directly in front of you, rather than off to the side
* Turn Off post notifications on your handheld device
* Use a voice-texting assistant
* Use predictive text functions, which suggest words for you as you type on your phone (You might also just make a phone call instead)
* Set up phone free periods each day
* Use a tablet holder
* Do not sit and watch TV all evening.