How to beat computer neck

A few years ago I made the conscious choice to spend less time in the gym and more time at my computer. Shocking for a “physio” to admit, I know, but that’s just what it takes to build a business in the current day.

So when I started ramping up my training again, I knew what to expect. 

My back, neck, and shoulders were all stiffened up into a nice little T-Rex-style hunch. My hamstrings and hip flexors shortened up to accommodate my seated position and my cardiovascular fitness took a pretty severe nose dive.

Maybe you can relate? 

That’s all part of the trade-off we all make these days. Tech advances allow us to talk to friends all over the world, work from home during a pandemic and binge on the latest Netflix series.

But with great technological progress, comes a great physical cost. We now spend more time hunched over our phones and computers than ever, and it puts a terrible strain on our bodies.

But just because you use a computer and a phone to keep your life going doesn’t mean you have to be stuck with “laptop-neck”. 

Here’s a few quick targeted exercises I use now to loosen up when feeling tight after a long day of tapping keys.

Try just 2 minutes on each exercise should be enough to get you moving better. You can do them multiple times per day for better results too.

Written by

Tim O’Grady

Tim is a Physiotherapist who specialises in football/Rugby and golfing injuries. Tim doesn’t believe that rest will make you a better athlete and he focuses on performance-based rehab methods. Tim is also qualified in golf biomechanics and injuries.

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