most frequently asked tech neck questions:
WHAT IS TECH NECK?
Muscle strain and neck pain caused by a head-forward posture for long period of time due to looking down at a tech device such as a phone or laptop.
HOW DO YOU KNOW IF YOU HAVE TECH NECK?
There are several indicators we can see with our eyes or feel with our bodies that would indicate you might have tech neck. One is how far forward your head is meaning your ears should be in line with your shoulders. If your ears are several inches forward from your shoulders, you might have tech neck. Another visual sign is a bump on the back of your neck. I was starting to get a bump and thought it was hereditary, but turns out it’s actually tech neck. The other sign is pain. Not everyone has paint, but for me, I was experiencing mild pain from straining my neck forward to look at my phone on a daily basis.
The only way to know for certain that you have tech neck however, is to see a professional. This is actually the one thing that sold me on Dr. Currington. After our initial consultation he sent me to get an X-ray and it was only until the x-ray that I really realized just how far forward my neck was. I could also see that arthritis was starting to form on my neck from the strain of craning forward.
CAN YOU FIX IT ON YOUR OWN?
Unfortunately, no, you cannot fix it on your own much like you couldn’t fix a broken elbow on your own. There are things you can do that help such as holding your electronic device at eye level, or stretches at home, but without the proper equipment for neck tractions and without adjustments, you won’t be able to make a true difference.
ARE INFLUENCERS OR PEOPLE ON THEIR PHONE FREQUENTLY THE ONLY PEOPLE THAT CAN GET TECH NECK?
Absolutely not. In fact, my husband, who is rarely on his phone, has tech neck worse than I do. Tech neck is the result of poor posture whether that comes from looking down when you read, looking down at a computer, gardening, or looking down at your phone. My husband was unsure of this whole “tech neck” thing, but went in for a consultation several months ago and found out his neck was worse than mine. He’s now seeing Dr. Currington just like I am!
HAVE YOU SEEN IMPROVEMENT WITH YOUR NECK?
100 times, yes! One of the things I like the best about Dr. Currington is how science-based he is. As mentioned before, you take an X-ray of your neck before you begin treatment. Then, towards the end of treatment you are sent for a follow-up X-ray to get a true glimpse of your improvement. I originally thought this would be the only way I’d see improvement. However, I have noticed how much straighter my posture is and how much closer my ears are to my shoulders. It’s super exciting!
HOW FREQUENTLY DO YOU GO TO THE CHIROPRACTOR?
I go twice a week for 30-45 minutes each session. It’s a commitment for sure, but one that is a high priority for me as the negative implications of not fixing it are so great. Not fixing my tech neck would result in a humped over back/neck by mid-age, pain, and arthritis in my neck. There is no doubt surgery would be in my future too.
The time commitment sounds like a lot, but it’s completely manageable. There are appointments all throughout the day including lunch and after work. I have been taking my girls with me during the summer and then during the working year I typically go during lunch. My husband who doesn’t have job flexibility like me still makes it happen either during lunch or after work. It’s worth prioritizing!
DO YOU HAVE TO GO INDEFINITELY?
Definitely not. Everyone’s body is different and everyone’s muscles respond differently to treatment. Some less severe cases might be done in 3 months whereas others might take a year. I’m most likely looking at closer to a year. Once you finish your treatment plan and get back fully aligned, you will just go in for maintenance. Again, maintenance looks different for everyone. Some people will go in 1x per quarter whereas I will probably go once per month due to the nature of my job as an influencer and the amount of time I spend on a phone.
IS IT EXPENSIVE?
Not at all. Dr. Currington accepts insurance and the fee after that is minimal. Again, when you see what your future could be if you didn’t correct your tech neck, it’s worth it no matter the cost!