Why It’s So Bad for Your Health and How to Beat It

If you’ve ever spent hour after hour, day after day staring at your computer screen, you probably know the pain that is “tech neck.” It’s a term that’s come to refer to the soreness, stiffness, and even injury that can result from when you bend your head downward to look at an electronic device for too long, according to NewYork-Presbyterian.

“It’s the fallout from spending too much time looking down at phones or tablets, or holding your head too far forward to look at a computer screen,” says  Stacie J. Stephenson, a doctor of chiropractic and chair of functional medicine for Cancer Treatment Centers of America based in Paradise Valley, Arizona.

If not treated, “tech neck” can be bad for your long-term health. Here are symptoms to look out for, and how to fix your “tech neck.”

Why Is ‘Tech Neck’ Bad for You?

“Tech neck” can cause headaches, neck pain, pain in the shoulders, pain in the upper back, tingling or numbness in your hands, and even a loss of the natural curve of the spine, says Steven Knauf, vice president of chiropractic and compliance at The Joint Chiropractic in Scottsdale, Arizona.

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