3 tips to prevent tech neck pain

Raise screen to higher position, take frequent breaks

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During our daily work routine, it's easy to develop ongoing neck pain and achy body parts, especially if you're looking down at your phone, laptop or tablet regularly, also known as "tech neck."

Tech neck refers to neck soreness as a result of prolonged use of devices, such as looking down for long periods of time at your phone, according to U.S. News.

The average person spends two to four hours a day reading or texting on their smartphone, according to U.S. News

If you find yourself slouching in your car and at work, we have solutions to reduce neck pain and to prevent future injuries from occurring, such as muscle strain.

Raise your screen to a higher position

Bring your monitor or computer to your eye level or just a little below. When you're driving, use the Bluetooth function on your smartphone to text or to make a call. Keep in mind that in 2017, the Texas Legislature passed a statewide ban on using a wireless communications device for electronic messaging while operating a motor vehicle. Tip: Avoid the urge to continuously look down at your phone for long periods. Your posture is more important than surfing the web for hours at a time.

Maintain a straight body posture 

When you're sitting down in your chair at work, sit back straight and keep your shoulders relaxed. Keep your feet flat. If your chair is too low, try raising the chair's height so you don't find yourself looking down as frequently. Tip: If you are sitting in your chair at work or in your car and have neck pain, do some easy stretches to help with circulation. 

Take quick breaks throughout the day

Sometimes it's easy to sit down at your desk all day and even forget to stop for lunch. Instead of sitting in a chair for your entire shift, try to get up each hour and make a trip to the water fountain. When you walk around each hour, you'll notice a difference in your posture. Tip: If your work allows you to stand while working at your computer, there are standing desk converters available. 

If you experience neck pain and want to see a physical therapist, Airrosti averages 3.2 visits per injury with nearly 90% of cases completely resolved.

For more information, visit wefixpainfast.com or call 210-318-3150.



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