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Is There Really Such a Thing as Tech Neck Syndrome?

2 women working at a desk“Tech Neck Syndrome” is a term that has become more common in recent years to describe the soreness and pain that some people experience from spending a lot of time hunched over a computer screen or tablet. Sometimes it is also referred to as “text neck.”

It’s not the computer that’s the true source of the problem, rather, the position the head and body are in when we are using an electronic device.

Also, of course, there is the issue of how much time people spend today using these devices. The longer we put pressure on the neck, while in the forward head posture, the more likely we are to cause not only stiff necks and neck spasms, but also headaches, upper back pain, shoulder pain, and chest pain.

Unfortunately, tech neck syndrome has become quite common, as more of us are spending more and more time using electronic devices.

How do I keep from getting Tech Neck Syndrome?

There are some changes you can make that can help prevent or alleviate these issues. They include:

  • Take regular breaks from using electronic devices and use this time to stretch out your neck and back. As a more general rule, it is recommended that at least every 30 minutes we get up and walk around, even if it’s just for a minute or two. This isn’t just beneficial to the neck, but also for the rest of the body. Studies have shown that sitting for extended periods is not good for the heart.
  • Have your computer, or other devices, including phones, up at eye level so that you don’t need to be tilting your head forward.
  • Be sure that your overall sitting posture is good: back straight and shoulders back. And you should always avoid slouching.

You may also wish to consider getting a chair that offers good lumbar support. There are special chairs that help in taking pressure off the muscles of the neck.

A standing desk is another option offering potential help. This is another way to keep your computer screen at eye level.


If you are experiencing chronic neck pain, whether or not it is being caused by overuse of computers or other electronic devices, it is always wise to get the opinion of a medical expert. There is the chance that simple lifestyle changes are not all that is required to get you feeling right again. 



*Please Note: Information on this site or any recommended sites should not be used as a diagnosis or a substitute for talking with your doctor. Always talk with your doctor about diagnosis and treatment information.
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