We’ve all seen them, pedestrians stooped forward over the ubiquitous mobile device…seemingly oblivious to traffic, other pedestrians and potholes. Heck, we might have even been one of “those people” ourselves! Tech Neck sufferers are everywhere!
Our obsessive attachment to these devices comes with a myriad of issues of course, but let’s discuss the physical/anatomical costs of this love affair.
Consider neutral posture—head up, shoulders squared, arms at ease—would fully support your 10-12 pound head. Lean forward, shoulders hunched, clutching a phone and now you’re looking at much more relative weight being supported by your spine…up to 60 pounds in fact!
prescription-computer-glassesAdd in the fact that many of us wear corrective glasses that cause us to further distort our neck to find the right spot to actually be able to read that tiny print…and you can imagine, it’s a constant burden our spines were just not designed to manage.
So now that we’ve established what we all see and experience daily, the bigger discussion should be: what can be done about it?
As a leader in the Injury Prevention business for 20+ years, FIT has a couple of great, practical suggestions.
It seems evident that technology isn’t going away, so let’s make sure that we do our best to stay healthy and fit in our plugged in world. Tech Neck doesn’t have to be a thing after all!