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  1. Thanks for the little quiz! It was fun! And I was surprised to find that I have more than 90% good posture.

    Still, I am always looking for ways to keep improving my posture, and health. And your website is very helpful with this. That is why I keep coming back.

    I like the part of your article about the pillow. And the chiropractor suggested pillow sounds good. I just bought a pillow. Wish I had read this before buying it. Next time when I buy, I will come back to your post.

    • No worries. I’m glad you are finding the information useful. That’s a great score you had on posture. It goes to show that just becoming aware of our posture can go a long way in fixing it. For example, I was having a conversation with a stranger at a party a few days ago. I noticed that he kept bending his neck down to look at his cell phone. I explained to him that he would be better holding the cell phone closer to eye level otherwise he risked serious neck pain. He was completely unaware of the potential damage he was doing to his neck every time he looked down at his cell phone. If he had taken the quiz I suspect he would have a low score. However, that’s fine. The point is to learn and become better at posture awareness. For people such as you, I am preparing an illustrative manual that they can use as a reference to build on their posture awareness. Stay tuned.

        • My pleasure, Tim. I realized after writing so much about back pain and posture that readers needed a reference that they could repeatedly go to whenever they had a question. It occurred to me that a FAQ page would work nicely to address common questions about back pain. However, posture is about assuming a good or bad position for your body. This means a FAQ page would be less effective because readers would have to visually understand what makes good and bad posture. Thus, I concluded that the practical answer was an instruction manual with illustrations. I’m happy with the results and I hope it helps.

    • Hi Keith, thanks for the question.

      Here is the scoop, Keith. This is one of the most effective exercises for correcting your posture and preventing neck pain. What the chin tuck does is that it helps strengthen the muscles that are actually pulling your head back into alignment over your shoulders. What’s great about this exercise is that you can perform it while sitting or standing. You can repeat it as often as you want. When tucking your chin, make sure that your neck and shoulders are relaxed to give the muscles a good stretch. I hope this helps. Thanks for checking in.

  2. Jeannine

    Thanks for this very informative post. I understand that you are probably writing for an adult audience. However, Young children who use mobile devices frequently are also subject to pain and chronic arthritis. Just want everyone to understand that with the popularity of mobile devices increasingly reaching young kids, text neck is also something parents need to be aware off.

  3. Rose

    Thanks for the “Tech Neck Song”. It was a hoot and very effectively made the point. I have been following your posts for a while, and I have to say the recent posts are among your best. You have always been very informative, but now you are having a nice mixture of seriousness and fun. I look forward to more posts. Great job.

  4. Margaret

    Thank you for this very informative and imaginative post. I especially appreciate the point of how sleeping positions are connected to good posture. I’m confused on something that maybe you can clear up. I have heard people say that you shouldn’t sleep on your back, which can cause low back pain and lack of support for the curve in the spine. On the other hand, some people say sleeping on your back is good for your posture–even the best position for your posture. What do you say?

    • Hi Margaret,
      I con understand your confusion. A lot of sleep experts go back and forth on whether sleeping on your back is the best sleeping position for good posture. My view is that as long as you avoid sleeping on your stomach, which is definitely bad for your posture and back, you should be okay if you follow the recommendation of what kind of pillow you should use. I myself prefer sleeping on my side as the best way to prevent back pain and keep good posture. I hope that helped. Thanks for checking in.

  5. Emily

    Text like T-Rex? Well after reading your post, I’m going to do that. When you look down at a phone, your neck has to work harder to hold up your head. Tilting your head 60 degrees puts 60 pounds of force on the cervical spine. 60 pounds! That is a scary fact. Yes, I’ll start texting like T-Rex. And if I look sexy in a black dress, that will be a nice bonus. All kidding aside, thanks for this informative and entertaining article.

  6. I used to be very conscious of my posture during my younger days. Sitting up straight and walking too. As I grow older now, I slouched. Too much computer work & at times too concentrated on working caused the problem. Every now and then, I need to remind myself to sit up straight.
    I totally agreed with you, memory foam pillow works. Have been using it for a couple of years and most comfortable of all the pillows I have tried.

    • I think as we get older we all seem to pay less attention to our posture. The good news is that for most of us it’s not too late to undo the damage. We simply need to pay more attention to what our body is saying when it comes to how we sit, sleep, bend, and stand. Thanks for checking in.

  7. Thanks for writing such an informative article, I really resonate with this as I work many hours a day on a computer and always trying to keep in good posture to keep from hurting. I am surprised that your pillow makes a difference but it makes perfect sense as I am very picky about my pillow and have it just right for me. I think I will check out the pillows for side sleeping and see if it works, love the idea that they are also hypoallergenic.

  8. Alexis

    Your post inspired me to give tips that I hope will prove useful. They work for me. Anyway, drumroll please:
    1. Exercise your neck daily to strengthen it by slowly stretching your neck in side-to-side and up-down motions.
    2. Avoid slouching and practice good posture.
    3. Avoid cradling the phone between your neck and shoulder.
    4. Position your computer screen at eye level and use a document holder that places your work at screen level.
    5. Use a special neck pillow for sleeping or use a pillow that keeps your neck straight.
    6. Carry weight evenly instead of on just one side of your body.

    Let’s all have a healthy 2020. Cheers!

  9. Frank

    I just read your post on “masking Pain”,great post, by the way, and it got me thinking about my neck pain. When should someone see a doctor about neck pain?

    • Thanks for the question, Frank.
      Here are some red flags when it comes to neck pain. If neck pain keeps returning or is accompanied by a severe headache, fever, nausea, unintended weight loss, dizziness, pain or tingling that radiates down into the arm or hand, it’s time to seek medical attention. Any of the symptoms with neck pain could indicate a serious underlying medical condition that needs to be accurately diagnosed by a doctor so you can get the correct treatment. I hope this helps. Thanks for checking in.

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