Is your child connected to a phone, computer, or tablet during and after school? Think about it. Many of us aren’t more than an arm’s length from our phone at any given time (even when we are sleeping).
Spending time every day looking down at our devices can place a lot of stress on the supporting muscles of our neck and can lead to an increase in headaches.
It’s a condition called “Tech Neck,” and it’s one of the most common causes of headaches and neck pain.
Why it Matters:
The countless hours per day kids often spend on phones and computers can significantly contribute to tension headaches.
In fact, it’s estimated that kids spend up to 1,400 hours per year in the exact positions that are attributed to the development of “Tech Neck.” That’s not surprising.
Recent research has also shown that even just 15 degrees of forward head tilt can triple the weight of the head on the spine.
Here are some key things to remember when it comes to “Tech Neck”:
Keep it simple. Encourage your children to take breaks and stretch often. These are some of the best (and easiest) ways to help them break the bad habits that can lead to “Tech Neck.”
If your child spends a lot of time online and begins experiencing neck pain or headaches, don’t hesitate to give us a call. We are experienced at evaluating children and creating kid-friendly care plans.
Our doors are open, and we’re ready to help you and your family find long lasting, natural relief from “Tech Neck.”
(1) Assessment of Stresses in the Cervical Spine Caused by Posture and Position of the Head. Surg Technol Int. 2014.
(2) Text Neck Syndrome. Intl Journal of Env Research and Public Health. 2021.
(3) Three Steps to Build a Better Back. Harvard Health Publishing. 2015.
by Christopher Freytag, D.C.