Campus Commons Physical Therapy - March 2023


During Women’s History Month

Throughout history, there have been countless women who have performed awe-inspiring feats. From Joan of Arc to Amelia Earhart, there are many women you can research that helped change the world for the better. And there’s no better way to teach your children about these amazing women than watching a movie about their accomplishments. Here’s a list of movies worth watching to recognize Women’s History Month. ‘HIDDEN FIGURES’ Movies about astronauts and space travel usually do well at the box office, but they often don’t focus on the efforts made behind the scenes. “Hidden Figures” flips the script and tells the story of Katherine Johnson, Mary Jackson, and Dorothy Vaughan, three Black women who helped turn the tide of the space race in America’s favor. These women crossed numerous barriers to play fundamental roles in the effort to send John Glenn into space. It’s an inspirational watch that will help your children realize they can accomplish anything. ‘SUFFRAGETTE’ In today’s society, many of us take our rights for granted, but there was a time when many didn’t even have the right to vote. “Suffragette” tells the story of the British women who sacrificed everything to help all women gain the ability to vote over 100 years ago. They used art, debate, propaganda,

and even vandalism in their protests. Their efforts led to the passing of the Representation of the People Act, which granted some women the right to vote. American women gained their right to vote shortly after. This movie is rated PG-13 due to some intense violence, so viewer discretion is advised.

‘HARRIET’ Harriet Tubman is one of the most well-known individuals from the Underground Railroad and the Civil War era. Most of us know she was instrumental in helping hundreds escape slavery, but how much more do you know about the woman behind the actions? “Harriet” takes a deep dive into Tubman’s life by exploring her early life and showing how she became a leader in the Underground Railroad.

Escape the Discomfort of Tech Neck


RAISE YOUR PHONE OR COMPUTER. What angle is your neck bent at when you’re using your phone or computer? If you find that you’re frequently looking down with your neck bent, you could be causing yourself neck pain. When using your phone, hold it at eye level so you can look straight ahead. If your work computer is causing your neck pain, consider investing in an adjustable desk. That way, you can stand or sit while you work without experiencing any neck discomfort. TAKE BREAKS AND PAY ATTENTION TO YOUR POSTURE. It may feel like there’s no escaping tech neck if your job requires you to utilize your phone and computer for hours, but breaks can help relieve pain and discomfort. Set a timer so you can stand and stretch a couple of times per hour. Pay attention to your posture as you work. It’s time for another break and some stretching when you notice your posture changing for the worse. You can control your posture, which in turn, will help prevent tech neck. EXERCISE YOUR NECK. Once tech neck sets in, it may feel like there’s no relief for your pain. If you feel this way, there are several exercises you can perform to ease the pain. Upward- facing dog, bird dog, and thoracic extensions are great exercises and stretches that will help you fight off tech neck. Perform them daily, multiple times per day if needed, and see if it helps relieve some of the pain you’re experiencing.

If you read our cover article, you probably saw the phrase “tech neck” and wondered what exactly it is. Tech neck is neck pain or discomfort caused by repetitive strain to your muscles, often caused by slouched posture and looking down at a smartphone, tablet, or computer. Your neck will feel stiff, and you may even develop headaches. Tech neck is something you want to avoid if you want to live comfortably and pain-free. Thankfully, there are some quick adjustments you can make to relieve neck pain or prevent it entirely.

Here are three ways to lessen the pain or discomfort of tech neck. 2

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