Are you a chronic texted? What about your kids? Or do you enjoy reading books on your tablet? We need to be aware of how much time is spent on these devices and start correcting any damage that could be done.
What is 'Text Neck'?
'Text Neck' is a new syndrome that is silently affecting many Americans with smartphones and tablets. Our bodies neutral position is held at proper or ideal posture with the least amount of stress on the spine. However, when we are texting, our head leans forward and downward in front of our shoulders about 45-60 degrees. This forward neck posture aka anterior neck carriage, is not good for large amounts of time. As the angle increases from texting or reading on our smart phones, the force of gravity on your head and its spinal muscles increases. Nearly 75% of all Americans own a smart phone, adults, teenagers and younger kids are on these devices looking down for hours and hours a day.
Text Neck Symptoms
- Spinal Misalignment
- Chronic Neck Pain
- Chronic Headaches
- Upper Back Pain
- Muscle Tightness
- Shoulder Pain
Long Term Effects
You would not want to drive your car too long with a misaligment. The same can be said for misaligments in your spine.
"Dr. Ken Hansraj M.D., the chief of spine surgery at New York Spine Surgery and Rehabilitation Medicine, said we’re at the beginning of a wave of degenerative back and neck problems caused by poor posture while using smartphones.
Hansraj said that in a neutral position, they human head weighs 10-12 pounds.
If you lower your head 15 degrees, you’re almost tripling that weight, he said.
At 30 degrees, it’s 40 pounds, at 45 degrees, it’s nearly 50 pounds and at 60 degrees, it’s 60 pounds."
The same can be said for kids and teenagers, they are unaware of their posture and spend many hours looking down 45 to 50 degrees onto smartphones or tablets.
The best way to avoid this condition is to begin to look at your smart phone while in a neutral position. Position you head and eyes straight ahead and lift your smart phone to be used while in this position. This position will actually strengthen your neck spinal muscles.
If you fear, your neck structure could be compromised a lateral cervical X-ray can be taken to confirm. On X-rays a normal cervical curvature is a soft C curve. However, with anterior head carriage the C curve can be reversed. Chiropractic adjustments can help restore ideal curvature combined with specific neck exercises.