“Text neck” is caused by spending too much time looking down at your smartphone, tablet, or other mobile device. By holding your head too long in a downward position, it can put strain on the neck muscles causing pain, headaches, numbness, trouble sleeping, degenerative changes and even remove the necks natural curve.
The human head weighs about a dozen pounds. But as the neck bends forward and down, the weight on the cervical spine begins to increase. At a 15 degree angle, this weight is around 27 pounds, at 30 degrees it’s 40 pounds, and at 45 degrees it’s 49 pounds. Another way to look at it is for every inch of forward head posture, it can increase the weight of the head on the spine by an additional 10 pounds.
That’s the problem that comes with staring at a mobile device. Recent studies show that 79% of the population between the ages 18 and 44 have their mobile devices with them at all times and spend an average of 2 to 4 hours per day hunched over reading e-mails, sending texts, or checking social media sites.
So, what can you do to avoid “Text Neck”?
- If you’re going to be on your mobile device for a long time, try to hold it at eye level so your neck isn’t curved downward.
- Take at least a 15-minute break from using your device every hour.
- Stretch your neck and back every 20 minutes by rolling your shoulders back and drawing your chin up towards the sky.
- Discuss the pain you’re having with your Chiropractor.
For more information, please contact Dr. Badhan or Dr. Raizman at Dakota Chiropractic Office at 204.257.7685 located on 1056 St. Mary’s Road.