Why Your Slouching Could Be a Real Pain in the Neck

Written by Srinjoy Majumdar

Published 10/09/2023

Ever caught yourself hunching over your phone or laptop like a modern-day Quasimodo? Yeah, we've all been there. But did you know that your 'tech-neck' could be causing more than just an unflattering profile pic?

According to some brainy folks who did a deep dive into this, that forward head posture (FHP) - you know, the one that happens when you're deep into TikTok or pulling an all-nighter on a project - is super common. And guess what? It's linked to neck pain and even disability in adults.

Neck pain is no joke. It's like that uninvited party guest that just won't leave - it's been estimated that up to a whopping 86.8% of people have had to deal with it at some point. And it's not just about discomfort. Serious stuff like neurological conditions, infections, and fractures can be behind it. Sometimes, it's just there, with no known cause (talk about a mystery pain).

But here's the thing: the risks of bad posture aren't just about feeling like you're carrying a bowling ball on your shoulders. It can mess with your balance and limit how much you can move your neck. And with all the time we spend texting and scrolling, this could mean more of us are going to feel the pinch.

So, what can you do about it? Well, getting help is easier than ever, thanks to telemedicine. Shasta Health offers telemedicine sessions for just $50, giving you personalized care to help manage and prevent neck pain caused by poor posture. It's like having a doc in your pocket!

And remember, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. Regular exercise, setting up your workspace right, and being mindful of your posture can help keep neck pain at bay. So, sit up straight, and let's keep that neck happy!