This recently published NBC news article called tech neck the new arthritis. While the two disorders have similar effects on the human body, namely limiting mobility and causing intense pain, arthritis typically affects older adults while tech neck is now reaching epidemic portions among teenagers and young adults. The reason being, tech neck is typically caused by contorting one’s neck at an awkward angle in order to stare down at a computer or mobile Internet device. Over time, all that contortion puts significant strain on a person’s back, neck and spine. However, while arthritis treatments vary in effectiveness, it is possible to cure tech neck.
As the article explains, avoiding the pain and discomfort of tech neck is as easy as making a few simple life changes. For one, you have to change the way you view your computer, smartphone and tablet screens so that you’re not putting undue stress on your neck. It’s also recommended that you take breaks after sitting in the same position for several hours at a time in order to give your muscles a good stretching. Lastly, it’s a good idea to take in regular massage sessions to relax your muscles and fascia. Doing so will prevent against the strain and tightness that has come to characterize tech neck.
Read the full article here: Essay: Could ‘Text Neck’ Be The New Arthritis