What is tech neck?
Did you know that excessive use of devices can be causing you neck pain? On average, Australians spend 5.5 hours on their phone each day. ‘Tech Neck’ has become a common issue due to endless social media browsing, texting and watching content on our devices.
Here at Fremantle Chiropractic, we are raising awareness of the causes and negative effects of neck pain. In recent years, lifestyle changes such as spending more time on devices (phones, laptops or computers) and decreased physical movement has put a huge amount of pressure and stress on the neck and spine. This contributes to an environment to which your nervous system cannot function to its potential and you may notice that other body systems may not be feeling the best because of it.
What is ‘Tech Neck’?
Tech Neck refers to the neck pain and posture damage that derives from the habit of consistently looking at our devices. You may not realise it, but the neck pain may have been caused by repetitive strain to the muscles and other tissue of the cervical spine from hunching over looking at your screen.
The first step to correcting your tech neck is to identify the signs that you need to take action. Take a look at the signs below, do any of these relate to you?
Signs of Tech Neck:
- Neck pain
- Poor Posture
- Increased pain when in a forward-head position
- Reduced mobility and/or stiffness in the neck, upper back and shoulders
How to correct Tech Neck?
Implementing positive spinal health habits, such as postural changes and modification of the use of tech devices can prevent neck pain caused by tech neck. Try and limit the period of time you are using your device during the day. Changing the way you hold your phone, so that the screen is at eye level. This means you are less likely to be hunching your shoulders and putting strain on your neck. The posture you develop is controlled by automatic feedback systems in your nerves which stem from your central nervous system in your brain, so not only are you able to correct your “Tech Neck” with some movements and exercises, but your chiropractor can have an effect on this with your adjustments. As these devices are becoming more commonly used amongst all ages groups, it is important to consider the whole families’ postural health and allow the body to adapt through chiropractic to minimise the impact of such devices.
At Fremantle Chiropractic, our chiropractors can individually assess each patient, identify any issues that you may be struggling with and carefully tailor a plan for you. If you are experiencing tech neck then consider making a booking so we can assist you in your journey to make lifestyle changes, reduce the risk of spinal health issues and encourage more vitality!
WHAT YOU CAN EXPECT AT FREMANTLE CHIROPRACTIC
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Our dedicated team at Fremantle Chiropractic provides quality chiropractic care in a safe and family friendly environment. The below steps are what you can expect in our Fremantle practice.
Here we listen to your health concerns, gathering all the information about what’s happening right now, along with your health journey to date.
Then we want to get our hands on you! We want to feel your spine and take you through the objective tests that will tell us what your body is doing right now.
We pride ourselves in being able to put together all of the information and come up with a care plan to help to get you back on track, allowing you to reach your optimal health potential.
As we want to be able to check your progress regularly, our extensive objective tests allow us to do that. At regular intervals we will perform key tests to make sure that you are healing and headed in the right direction.
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Our 3 chiropractors bring their own unique skill and knowledge set and we meet regularly to discuss cases and share new techniques and approaches.
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Dr Jenny Askwith
Dr Jenny is the director of Fremantle Chiropractic.
She was born in Perth and spent her childhood growing up in the northern suburbs. Once she graduated from school she attended Murdoch University to complete her chiropractic degree.
Dr Taylor is the principal chiropractor at Fremantle Chiropractic. She has a special interest in looking after difficult and chronic cases as well as infants and children.
Dr Stephanie Brindal
After graduating from Murdoch University Dr Steph practiced for many years in a leading multi-disciplinary practice in Sydney’s Northern beaches.
Dr Maddi graduated from Murdoch University with a Bachelor of Science (Chiropractic) and Bachelor of Clinical Chiropractic, with distinction.
Jasminka joined our Fremantle chiropractic family in 2020, after coming from a retail management