The curse of modern technology – neck pain

If you work sitting at a computer or you own a laptop, iPad, Kindle or some kind of smartphone then it is likely you will have experienced ‘the computer neck’, which is essentially an ache and tightness in the neck and across the shoulder blades.

According to chiropractor Dominic Cheetham, too much time spent staring at screens in awkward positions, particularly looking down at one, is resulting in many individuals developing a curve at the top of their spine.

“The mid-back muscles between your shoulder blades get so tight because the shoulders are being pulled back and the head is jutting forward. It is important to reverse the computer neck position by gently pushing your shoulder blades forward and, interlocking your fingers, pushing out with your hands. Another good exercise, which should be done regularly throughout the day when you are using any screen or smartphone, is to stretch your arms up and slowly raise your head back to look at the ceiling.” Says Dominic.

If you are suffering from neck pain and you feel it may be linked to spending a prolonged amount of time using technology then consult a chiropractor who may be able to ease the discomfort in the neck and improve the curvature to the spine.

Other recommended ways to ease the pain include acupuncture – which would involve the insertion of needles to the muscles between the shoulder blades or between the neck and shoulder joint to ease the pain, acupressure – which again involves the stimulation of certain points to ease discomfort, or alexander technique – which relieves neck and back pain by improving posture, stature and agility.

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Written by Emma Hilton

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