Our bodies’ anatomical systems are all interconnected; consequently, when our skeletal posture deviates from its natural configuration, even bodily fluids that depend on the balance of vertical and horizontal alignment can wreak havoc with our equilibrium causing dizziness and congestion.
- The average adult head weighs 10-12 pounds
- With a forward tilted head, the force of your head on your neck can increase to 27 pounds
Table Of Contents
- What is Tech Neck
- Scientific Studies
- Exercises to help Tech Neck
- Optimal Position
What Is Tech Neck?
Tech neck has become commonplace in today’s technologically driven world. It’s a condition that plagues people whose routine behavior involves the frequent use of computers and cellphones coupled with a hunchback, rounded shoulders posture, and a forward-leaning dropped head.
This combination, over time, can lead to misalignment of the head and neck affecting a multitude of areas including the cervical vertebrae connected to the pelvis, lumbar, and thoracic spine. The consequences associated with these postural misalignments can include cervical arthritis, stenosis, disc herniation or degeneration, headaches, and breathing issues.
When the structure of the body’s original postural blueprint is knocked out of its optimum alignment pain and perpetual discomfort begin to interfere with the quality of life. The situation becomes clear once you realize that the average adult head weighs about 10 to 12 pounds and when tilting it forward, to any degree, compounds the weight by putting unnatural stress on the cervical spine.
A study, published in Surgical Technology International, reported that proportionately, the more your head dropped forward, the greater the head weight and the more unnatural stress was put on the cervical spine. Repeated cervical spine stress, over time, has been known to contribute to premature degeneration of the spine and is a possible cause for surgery.
In addition to the unnatural cervical stress caused by a prolonged and repeated forward head tilt, a study published in Scientific Reports, found that in over 400 people between the ages of 18 to 86, engaging in this behavior developed bone spurs on the backs of their necks, and in people younger than 18 years of age larger growths developed.
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The optimal postural position is as follows:
- View from the side: the head is balanced directly above your shoulder, hip, knee, and ankle and gently sits above an S-curved spine.
- View from the front: the head is equally balanced and positioned over level shoulders, hips, knees, and feet that point straight ahead.