What Is Tech Neck?

Have you ever felt stiffness or pain in your neck? Do you sit at a computer or scroll through your phone often? Chances are, the two are related.

The human body was not designed to sit in front of a computer all day or look down at the content on our phones for hours at a time. But today, most of us are dependent on these devices for our daily activities, and thus comes the occupational hazard known as “Tech Neck.”

Tech Neck is a condition where you feel pain and or stiffness in the neck region due to excessive use of a technological device. The pain can also extend to your shoulders and upper back.

What Causes Tech Neck?

The most common cause of Tech Neck is bad posture. The cervical spine supports the weight of the head and the pressure on it increases significantly when the head is tilting forward. A bad angle between the head and the spine increases the pressure further. This includes looking at a screen with a hunched back, viewing a screen at an improper angle, and continuously looking at a screen without a break.

Further aggravating Tech Neck, a bad sleeping posture and improper mattress can make things worse. Also, if you’ve had p