Your phone could be causing your neck to sag faster.
Dermatologists have created the term ‘tech neck’ to describe the damage looking down at your phone is causing.
The consistent hunching and looking down at our phones could be causing accelerated wrinkling and sagging around our necks.
People aged between 16-30, commonly known as ‘millennials’, apparently spend 3.2 hours a day looking at their phone screen. That’s 49 days a year looking down in an unnatural position at your device. Though you might not think it, this puts a lot of strain on your neck and could be causing you a lot of problems.
‘Surgical Technology International’ was a recent study that demonstrated the difference in strain, when your head is upright and looking forward in its natural position, there’s a strain of roughly 5 kilos on your neck. If you move your head to a 45-degree angle when you’re looking down at your phone, that strain will increase to 20 kilos, which is obviously very unnatural. The skin is fragile around this area and you’ll be able to feel the strain if you tilt your head down now. There are some free and simple ways you could try and avoid tech neck.
Try not to stare down too often. As you may expect the more you tilt your head down the worse the effect will be. It’s probably more healthy for you to do it when you’re lying down and your neck has some support. Holding your phone higher might also help.
Yoga is a great way to relieve tension in the body, try focusing on exercises that might release some pressure in the neck area. You can have a look at some poses HERE. Getting a partner or someone professional to give you a light neck massage could be great. It will increase blood flow, circulation and the muscle contours. It’ll keep the muscles active and it’ll only take a few minutes.
Prevention is the best cure, avoiding binge sessions on your phone is ideal but that might be unlikely if you work in a tech based job, so hopefully these easy tricks might be helpful!
Let us know if you suffer from tech neck or if you’ve tried some of these!