Tech Neck Prevention Good Posture Lympatic Drainage Tools

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Has your jawline felt puffy or swollen? Working on computers and cell phones (I’m included) we tend to ad lib with our posture. It’s not usually a cause for concern, so many of us rely on our devices these days. But this could possibly lead to a puffy jawline, a sign that you have tech neck.

 

What is Tech Neck?

Well it happens with continually looking down, as we do, with our screens where we tend to hunch forward with our spine curved. This can put a strain on our bodies, especially our backs, shoulders and neck muscles, further triggering local pain (could lead to chronic) causing headaches and more.

And if you are concerned about beauty, tech neck can result with fine lines and wrinkles in the décolleté area (under chin and neck). With the repeated movements and actions, regularly staring down at your phone, wrinkles are forming faster. Yes all because of this posture, the chances of these horizontal creases coming in is higher.

Common symptoms:

  • Headaches
  • Shoulder pain
  • Neck spasms
  • Weakness or tingling in your arms

Still this is not the only affect to this area caused by poor posture. It can also cause havoc on our lymphatic drainage.

Tech Neck and Lymph Drainage

Lymph fluid (water, oxygen, proteins, glucose and white blood cells) normally move through our body and drains into the blood circulation in the neck. The natural function of lymph is in moving the buildup of toxins in the body’s tissues. These lymph fluids travel through lymph vessels in our body, just under our dermal tissue. They are important players in our skins health. Lymph vessels are similar to a highway with wayside stops leading to lymph nodes if there is a need in storing pathogens or other foreign substances.

Our body however does a good job with moving things along when we take care of ourselves by using the right movements, exercising and correcting our posture. Even going to your spa for a lymphatic drainage massage (keep in mind COVID-19 refer to CDC & WHO websites for current updates) will defiantly help. When we aren’t taking care of ourselves things tend to slow down. We need to be diligent about the repeated bad posture that the tech neck brings on.

Tech neck can eventually cause a traffic jam making it harder on your natural fluid flow to occur. The buildup of fluids has to go somewhere. So naturally the excess starts collecting and pooling in this neck area. This is why a lot of people having tech neck (or neck tension) experience pooling under their chin which leads to that swelling and puffy feeling.

Common signs of lymphatic Congestion:

  • Itchy skin
  • Rings are tight on fingers
  • Soreness and/or stiffness in the morning
  • Feeling tired
  • Bloating/holding onto water

What to do for Tech Neck?

There is help for your swollen jawline due to tech neck.

Make sure it is not a serious condition. First of all evaluate your overall health. Tech neck is not usually a concern but just by chance the puffiness here can be a sign of something more serious. You need to be careful with this area if you have a thyroid condition or low blood pressure. Visiting your doctor will help in finding out if glands might be a symptom for something else.

Correct posture. (What I am doing now). Getting to the root of things, here. The need is to help the lymph stay on track. Studies show using your phone while lying on your side offers good alignment (I wouldn’t do this in the office). While sitting arch your lower back, look straight, you should sit comfortably and keep feet flat on the floor. (I am such a slouchier, I know it’s terrible). Take a break to do simple stretches or walk some stairs.

Unfortunately we’ve become this culture that sits at our desk the majority of our time. You may also consider; standing while talking on your phone, investing in a standing desk or high backed chair. Don’t forget to move around.

Lymphatic drainage tools. There are tools to encourage lymph fluids to move. A hot trend this year has been the Gua Sha, or a gentle self-massage and even facial rolling. If you really need help book a facial with an esthetician certified and trained in doing a manual lymphatic drainage massage. This will help with these effects of tech neck on the skin. They can also assist with proper self-care at home.

Journal your progress. Good posture takes practice. Like I said, I’ve gotten into this slouching habit years ago. Don’t get discouraged. Start your day with light stretching. We often wake up with stiff necks. Stretch before getting on emails first thing. Yoga is good for this. Keeping an eye on this habit will help with preventing poor circulation and tech neck. I have loosened up my jaw on occasion and stretched out torso. This helps relieve that tension of being on computer for hours. Go with the need to get up and move (use common sense while at office).

Tech neck can be prevented by correcting your posture as you use your devices.

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Mary is the founder of All About Our Skin. Former esthetician and CPC. Enjoys researching skincare and has been studying our skin for the past fourteen years.

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Researching content:

https://www.mindbodygreen.com/articles/tech-neck-can-cause-jawline-swelling-how-to-depuff-area? Accessed 11/10/2020

https://healthmatters.nyp.org/how-to-prevent-tech-neck/          accessed 11/12/2020

https://www.menshealth.com/fitness/a19159553/neck-pain-exercises-to-prevent-tech-neck/          accessed 11/12/2020

https://www.thejoint.com/2020/07/24/why-tech-neck-is-dangerous-and-how-to-fix-it  accessed 11/12/2020

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