Have you ever woken up and went to grab your phone from your nightstand only to realize you can barely turn your head because your neck feels like it’s made out of cement? Not a great start to the day, to say the least, but alas it happens to the best of us. Due to today’s mostly sedentary lifestyles and the unfortunate (maybe fortunate?) fact that humans are imperfect and prone to wear and tear, we simply get achey sometimes. A stiff neck is a relatively common occurrence in individuals both with and without a history of injuries. However, there are a few things you can do to greatly reduce the occurrence of it in your life. Think of this blog as us sharing our secret sauce with you *wink*.
‘Text-HUH?!? Yup, ‘Text Neck’ is apparently a ‘thing’ and it has been for many years. ‘Text Neck’ or ‘Tech Neck’ both refer to the head and spine position (posture) we have while staring down at our mobile devices.
You know that ‘zombie’ posture you see when a herd of people are walking across the street, all staring straight down at their phones to make sure their Instagram photo is getting the proper amount of likes?
Ring a bell?! Yup, it should, because this is the direction as a world society we are rapidly heading towards in regards to mobile technology. Scary stuff.
I think most of us would rather give up a kidney than our mobile device, it’s literally one of the most expensive and important items we own. Pretty soon, there will be a new experimental procedure to surgically attach your smartphone to your hand LOL. No but seriously, I think that’s in the works.
So what is there to know about ‘Text Neck’? Well, I’m here to tell you 3 cold hard facts about ‘Text Neck’ that you probably had no clue about…
Headaches? Tension in your neck? While there are MANY different types of headaches, tension headaches are the most common, with 80%+ of the population suffering from headaches at some point in their lives.
So what do you do about them? How do you get rid of them? Tension headaches come from the tightness and stress that build up in your neck and I’ve put together 5 simple stretches for you to do to help relieve them, or prevent them from showing up in the first place!
It’s optimal to do these stretches every hour, so set a timer on your computer or phone! At minimum, perform in the morning and afternoon. You get a super bonus if you breath deeply and follow your breath while your count SLOWLY (try closing your eyes too-hellooooo relaxation)!
Medical Disclaimer: If any of these exercises cause pain or discomfort, please see a chiropractor or physical therapist, as there may be something else going on. Be smart and listen to your body!