What does Text Neck mean for our health now and in the future?
Technology and our Bodies
Technology has changed our lives with many conveniences but with that comes many sacrifices. The toll on our bodies from prolonged periods of time looking down at our cell phones is leading to a growing area of health concern called Text Neck.
FACT: People spend an average of 4 hours a day on their cell phones.
What is happening?
The human head is approximately 10-12lbs. The optimal cervical postural presentation maintains an anterior lordotic curve to support this weight. As you look down at your cell phone and the neck flexes forward, the healthy cervical curve diminishes and the weight of the head increases up to 60lbs.1 This condition applies extra pressure to our nervous system. Our nervous system is the epicenter for how our bodies feel, function and react to the world around us. Which means Text Neck can lead to pain and discomfort all over the body.
Pain/Complaints related to Text Neck:
• Neck Pain
• Numbness/Tingling of Upper Extremities
• Shortness of Breath
• and much more
Untreated Text Neck could lead to:
• Disc Herniation
• Pinched Nerves
• Early Onset Arthritis
• Gastrointestinal Function
• and much more
Correcting the cervical spine posture can be done with commitment over time with regular chiropractic adjustments and traction. Restoring the curve in your neck is not a quick fix. This condition has been building over hundreds of hours of cell phone use. However, the results can transform the quality of life for those patients with Text Neck.
Tips to Prevent Text Neck:
- Raise your phone (or other device) to eye level or slightly higher to reduce the likelihood of Text neck progression
- Stretch daily
- Use voice-activated features when possible
- Take frequent breaks from your phone, use the 20-20-20 rule. 3.
- Set limits for your children and be a good example
Our bodies structure is declining at the speed of technology and it doesn’t appear to be slowing in the future. If you suspect you or someone you know may be suffering from text neck, schedule an appointment with your chiropractor or call Dr. Jared at Chiropractic Now 608-845-5565.
1. American Posture Institute