Your tech use might be a pain in the neck.
Frequent users of digital technology — which is to say, most people — are prone to hunched backs or strained necks while sitting in front of a computer for hours on end or staring down at a tablet or phone (the so-called “text neck”).
Poor posture is not without its negative side effects. According to a study released this past fall by Dr. Kenneth Hansraj, chief of spine surgery at New York Spine Surgery and Rehabilitation Medicine, texting can add up to 60 pounds of pressure on the spine, depending on the angle of the neck, increasing stress that can cause early wear and tear.
Not using tech isn’t necessarily the answer, but there are ways you can help alleviate overuse. NYC-based YogaWorks instructor Chrissy Carter shares these five poses to help reverse the effects of poor tech-induced posture.