Kinetic PT - December 2017

You’ve seen people in this position: sitting down, leaning forward, shoulders hunched, neck craning down, scrolling through a smartphone.

that probably won’t work. Many people need them for their job anyway. You can prevent tech neck with a few simple exercises. • LOOK UP FROM THE SCREEN EVERY 2–3 MINUTES • BRING THE SMARTPHONE UP TO EYE LEVEL • DO SOME EASY NECK STRETCHES Neck stretches are simple, effective, and easy to do at home. To do a chin tuck, move your chin toward your chest, holding for a few seconds as you feel a comfortable stretch from your neck to the base of your skull. Repeat this motion a few times. You can mimic this exercise by tilting your head to the side or rotating it toward your shoulder. Finally, cut down on smartphone use (sounds like a long shot, we know), but it’s better for personal wellness, both mentally and physically. When all’s said and done, smartphones can be a literal pain in the neck if you don’t use them wisely and sparingly.

You see it on the train, at the doctor’s office, and probably

on your living room couch. We know smartphones are changing society and rewiring our brains, but what about our bodies?

The posture described above is terrible for your neck since it’s such an unnatural angle. Likewise, hunching your shoulders forward can strain your entire upper body. Doctors have a nickname for this posture: “tech neck.”

How do we fight tech neck? We could

tell you to get rid of your smartphone, but


Chocolate Kris-Crinkle Cookies

Ingredients • 1½ cups all-purpose flour • 1 cup sugar • ½ cup packed brown sugar • ½ cup cocoa • 1 teaspoon baking powder • ¼ teaspoon salt

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• ⅓ cup butter, at room temperature • 2 large eggs, lightly beaten • 2 teaspoons vanilla • Powdered sugar, for rolling

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Instructions 1. Preheat oven to 350 F. In a large bowl, combine flour, sugar, brown sugar, cocoa, baking powder, and salt. Add butter and whisk in until mixture is well-combined and crumbly. 2. Add eggs and vanilla and stir by hand just until dough comes together. If dough is dry, use your hands to combine it into a soft, sticky dough. 3. Roll dough into 1½-inch balls and roll the balls in powdered sugar to coat. Place about 2 inches apart on a greased baking sheet. Bake for 12–14 minutes, or until just set around the edges but still soft in the middle. Transfer to a wire rack to cool.




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