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In a “Screen Slump?” Be Forewarned – Here’s How “Tech Neck” Affects Your Spinal Health

In a “Screen Slump?” Be Forewarned – Here’s How “Tech Neck” Affects Your Spinal Health

Screen Slump and Tech Neck By: Brian Acton

You probably don’t think about it regularly, but you see people putting their spinal health at risk on a regular basis – and no, they’re not skateboarding or dodging through traffic. Perhaps they’re slouched in their cubicle at work, squinting at their computer monitor. Maybe they’re hunched over their cell phone, tapping away at a game and oblivious to the outside world. Or they’re crammed into a tiny airplane seat, at work on their laptop. No matter the scenario, habitually hunching over your phone , tablet, or computer monitor – known as “screen slump” – can cause major neck and back problems. It’s fairly well known that staring at screens can strain eyesight, and keyboard users can develop carpal tunnel syndrome, but an increasing amount of back and neck problems among young people has revealed another condition caused by our technology addiction, and it ‘s known as “tech neck.” A 2014 study indicated that looking down at your smartphone at a 60° angle can put 60 pounds of pressure on your neck. That’s six times the weight your neck holds when you’re standing upright. This pressure puts an abnormal amount of stress on the spine, and can cause neck pain, back pain, and potentially slipped or herniated disks. According to the British Chiropractic Association, 45% of 16-24 year olds suffer from back pain as a result. The body just wasn’t meant to crane the neck forward and round the shoulders –