Pilates Exercises and Impact of Phone on Neck Mobility

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Neck mobility may not be something you think about often, but we use (and abuse) our necks more than we think. Imagine the following scenario: your phone buzzes with a new text message, and you look at the screen, open the notification and start scrolling. Before you know it, 20 minutes have passed, you are still stuck in a snail hole and now your neck hurts.

The feeling of pain, tension or stiffness is not in your head. It is called “Tech Neck”, a modern problem that can lead to chronic pain, limited range of motion or even spinal issue.

Although this is incredibly common, it doesn’t have to be your reality. If you have noticed pain, soreness or limited mobility in your neck, here is what you need to know and how to find relief.

Tech Neck: The Science

Tech Neck is the forward pronation of your cervical spine (cervical region), where it connects to the brain stem. This leads to an unnatural posture, in which the vertebrae rotate around the spine, the shoulders sag and the chin fits into the chest. While you are in this position, the tendons, ligaments and muscles of your neck and shoulders can become tense, tense or compressed.

This not only puts pressure on the neck itself, but can also cause tension headaches or musculoskeletal pain in other parts of the body. Researchers from Harvard Medical School estimate that seven out of 10 people will face this problem at some point in their lives, and although the use of mobile devices is not the only culprit, it is a common cause.

If Tech Neck is not treated for a long time, the risk of certain issue and other health problems can also increase. According to the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, neck pain is the eighth leading cause of disability among 15- to 19-year-olds who grew up in a world of ubiquitous smartphone use.

Persistent damage to the cervical spine caused by Tech Neck can eventually lead to one or more of the following complications:

  • Protrusion of the intervertebral disc
  • Chronic Misalignment
  • Sharp Pain In The Jaw
  • Dizziness or vertigo
  • Ear or vision problems
  • Tingling on the hands or feet
  • Joint inflammation
  • Ataxia (lack of motor control)
  • Heart or lung problems

Here’s the good news: you don’t have to live with pain or be at risk for these complications. Pilates is a powerful tool to relieve your discomfort and strengthen the mobility of your neck.

Neck mobility stretches to relieve pain and tension

Pilates is one of the best ways to develop strength, improve mobility and relieve tension in the neck. These gentle but effective exercises stabilize the muscles, improve alignment and posture, relieve stiffness or pain and protect against issue.

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