Do you have “Tech Neck” from your mobile phone? Tech neck is a term describing prolonged use of looking down at our mobile phones, leading to a wide range of symptoms including neck pain, muscle strain, headaches, or numbness and tingling in the hands and arms.
Researchers attribute Forward Head Posture (FHP) from bending the neck down to view mobile phones that leads to a number of cervical abnormalities affecting the upper back and shoulders as well as the neck.
The standard medical treatment for chronic neck pain is non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, but they can be associated with adverse side-effects. And, of course, our society now has a new awareness of the drawbacks of opioid pain killers.
Acupuncture can help without drugs. Also, for some conditions, a few acupressure points for self-care at home can help reinforce acupuncture treatments.
First time acupuncture patients are often surprised how some neck pain acupuncture points are so far from the site of the neck pain, including easy to reach acupressure points on the hand, the foot, or the middle of the leg.
However, much better than running to your local acupuncturist for tech neck issues is to prevent them to begin with by paying attention to your head’s angle looking at your phone. The Cleveland Clinic explains that our 10- to 12-pound heads double the load on our necks for every inch the head lowers and with chin near our chests up to 60 pounds of pressure is put on the neck.
Three things happen when you bend your head: the neck moves forward, shoulders round, and neck and shoulder muscles contract.
If you are considering acupuncture for pain, strain, or stress relief give me a call at 610-662-0755 for a free consultation to see if acupuncture is right for you.
PHOTO CAP: What are our phones doing to our necks?