In today’s digital age, technology has become an integral part of life. People are constantly interacting with different devices such as smartphones, tablets, laptops and virtual reality glasses. However, this convenience and the connectivity that technology offers has a downside. Specialist in Brain, Nerve and Spine Surgery Assoc. Dr. Timur Yıldırım evaluated these disadvantages caused by technology.
Note that recent neck pain is usually caused by technology, Assoc. Dr Timur Yıldırım said: “With the widespread use of smartphones and other portable devices, people are looking at screens for hours throughout the day; this creates a position called “Text Neck”. This unnatural posture causes excessive stretch in the neck, leading to muscle imbalances and tension. In addition, sitting for long periods of time while using desktop computers or laptops can also cause poor posture and neck pain.
“Many factors are effective in the causes of technology-induced neck pain”
associate Dr. Timur Yıldırım, stating that technology-induced neck pain manifests itself with various symptoms, listed the reasons as follows: “Neck and shoulder pain: constant discomfort, tenderness or stiffness in the neck and shoulder regions. Headache: causes tension headache or migraine due to muscle tension and tension in the neck. Decreased range of motion: Difficulty turning or bending the neck sideways or side to side without feeling pain or stiffness. Muscle weakness: Weakened muscles in the neck due to prolonged inactivity or incorrect posture.”
associate Dr. Timur Yıldırım, who argues that many factors are effective in the causes of technology-induced neck pain, noted that poor posture, repetitive movements, screen position and sedentary lifestyle are determining factors.
“Keep a Good Attitude”
associate Dr. Yıldırım listed the preventive measures for neck pain as follows:
“Maintain good posture: Sit upright, relax your shoulders, and make sure your devices are at eye level to reduce strain on the neck. Regular breaks: Stretch and move by adding regular breaks to using your device so that the neck muscles can relax Ergonomic adjustments: reduce pressure on the neck Use ergonomic equipment, such as reclining chairs, desks and computer monitors, and maintain a natural position Exercise and stretching exercises: do regular exercise and strengthen the supporting muscles and increase flexibility by neck stretching exercises Conscious Device Use: Be aware of your posture and usage habits, avoid staying in one position for long periods, and keep your head in a natural position while using electronic devices.Physiotherapy and Massage: If you experience persistent or severe neck pain, seek professional help. Arrangements such as physiotherapy, massage therapy and manual therapy can provide relief and promote healing”