One Neck of a Problem: The Text Neck Syndrome

textingAmerica has become a smartphone-obsessed nation. According to recent statistics, approximately two-thirds of the adult population own a mobile device, with most smartphone owners checking their devices unnecessarily at least hourly.

There is nothing wrong about keeping up with the times and using technologies, but if your smartphone is wrecking your spine, maybe it’s time to finally put it down.

An Un-Smart Way of Using Smartphones

A recent study revealed that staring down at a smartphone for a long time can compromise spine health. This is because as the neck bends forward and down, the weight of the head increases and puts pressure on the spine.

The human head weighs about ten to 12 pounds. This weight increases to 27 when the neck moves at a 15-degree angle. At 30 degrees, it becomes 40 pounds. At 60 degrees, it reaches 60 pounds. That’s like carrying a kid around your neck for hours.

Experts from Healthsource Chiropractic say that text neck patients will likely experience back, shoulder, and neck pains. Chronic headaches are also a symptom. The long-term consequences of the problem are early wear-and-tear on the spine, arthritis, and reduced lung capacity.

Prevention of Text Neck

As with other health problems, prevention is better than cure. Keep pains at bay by taking breaks from looking at your smartphone every 15 minutes. Text neck can become a repetitive stress injury, so give your muscles a rest to prevent the problem. Remember not to hunch over your phone. Hold it up at eye level to reduce strain on the muscles.

Ultimately, make sure to be mindful of your posture at all times. Physical activities like yoga and Pilates can help remind you of the right body alignment. Chiropractors can also assist with correcting posture.

While text neck is more common among younger people, anyone can develop the problem. This highlights the importance of remembering the smart way to use smartphones: keep your head up.