With our heads bend down to work, play, and read on our mobile apps an increasing number of kids and adults are suffering from tech neck. Here are some of the concerns.
Once mostly a concern of the elderly population, a rapidly increasing number of young and middle-aged adults are being diagnosed with Dowager’s hump. This is a visible hump on your upper vertebrae, between your shoulders. It is caused by a combination of poor electronics posture, improper office ergonomics, and keeping your head down while on mobile devices. The visible hump is more than just unsightly as it can grow over time, and pull at muscles, tendons, ligaments and fascia—creating tension and pain.
If left untreated Dowager’s hump is the condition that leads to humpback, so the earlier you catch it the better—as early diagnosis can be reversed. Treatment may include any combination of stretches, strengthening exercises, physical therapy, myofascial release, and chiropractic adjustments.
Deep Neck Creases
While more aesthetic in nature, technology-related deep neck creases are being found as young as teens and early 20s. This is problematic in that it prematurely ages your neck. Face and neck yoga may help, cosmetic injectables can smooth wrinkles, and topical products like StriVectin-TL Tightening Neck Cream are designed to combat this problem, but either way, proper posture and ergonomics is a must.
Here’s to being more mindful of your technology use and its impact on your body and beauty!