• Your devices could be causing premature ageing – its called ‘Tech Neck’

    Your devices could be causing premature ageing – its called ‘Tech Neck’

    What exactly is it?

    ‘Tech neck’ is a condition caused by our modern lives and reliance on devices such as smart phones and tablet computers.

    Our subconscious stooping and constant downward gaze at these devices we rely on so much these days, could actually be damaging your posture, dropping your jowls, and causing wrinkles to form on your neck.

    So in addition to making us socially inept, damaging our relationships, and ruining our sleep – our devices are now being blamed on premature ageing!

    Dermatologists around the globe are becoming concerned at the rise in the number of cases where sagging skin, dropping jowls, and a specific crease just above the collar bone are being attributed to our behaviour and dependence on our mobile devices.

    The crease above the collar bone being given the title of ‘Tech Neck’.

    The condition is seen mostly in people between the ages of 18 and 40, where that age group is seen to peer at their devices up to 150 times per day. This repetitive gaze is said to be increasing the effect of gravity on our skin, and causing the skin on our neck to begin to lose its natural elasticity.

    Our necks are already an ‘at risk’ area of premature ageing due to the low necklines in the clothing we wear, exposing the skin to the thinning effects of the suns rays.

    How can ‘Tech Neck’ be avoided or treated?

    All is not lost however, and there are a number of simple things you can do to help prevent ‘Tech Neck’, or improve the appearance of the condition:

      • Stay hydrated. Drinking plenty of water every day will help the disks in your spine stay pliable and healthy. (I’d recommend this as a good habit anyway – staying well hydrated has many health benefits).

     

      • Stand up straight when viewing your devices. There is even an app for Android users called ‘Text Neck‘ which can warn you when you have an incorrect posture while looking at your device.

     

      • If you are like a lot of us and spend a lot of time staring at a computer each day – for work or otherwise, some simple ergonomics should apply. When sitting up straight, the top of your screen should be at the same level as your eyes.

     

      • Moisturise. A good moisturiser should be used daily to help keep your skin supple. There are many options out there, so I’ll let you do your own research on this one.

     

      • Apply SPF. As the ageing effect of the sun is a contributory factor, applying a good quality, moisturising SPF will help. We stock SkinCeuticals fantastic range of SPFs & Moisturisers and can’t recommend them highly enough.

     

    This list isn’t exhaustive, and the tips are in no particular order, but if you adhere to those simple steps, you can help prevent ‘Tech Neck’, or help treat its effects.

    How The Fitzwilliam Private Clinic can help

    If you need some help treating Tech Neck or related conditions, we have a range of options available:

    Our Massage Therapies are a great way of soothing the tired muscles, aches and pains also associated with ‘Tech Neck’ and other posture / ergonomic related conditions

      • Massage Therapies – Manual Lyphatic Drainage, Deep Tissue, Swedish, and Sports Massage

    For more serious cases of ‘Tech Neck’ (and dropping jowls / neck wrinkles in general), our aesthetic treatments can dramatically improve the effects of ‘Tech Neck’:

      • Viora Reaction™ Skin Tightening is a state-of-the-art radio-frequency treatment specifically designed to tighten skin, improve sagging necks & jowls, and reduce wrinkles.

     

    For more information on our treatments, please contact us by phone, email or click on the treatment you’re interested in above, and fill out the contact form on that page.

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