A recent CNN news special on mobile phone devices and computers discusses the term ‘Text Neck’. This is a term coined by a chiropractor in the USA after linking numerous neck symptoms with the misuse of mobile phones, tablets and computers. So no doubt you are reading this page with a craned neck posture and maybe have been there for hours. Here are my favourite quotes from the article…
- “Text Neck is not just a texting problem,” says Dr. Dean Fishman. “Text neck is a gaming problem. Text neck is an e-mailing problem.”
- The average human head weighs 10 pounds in a neutral position — when your ears are over your shoulders. For every inch you tilt your head forward, the pressure on your spine doubles. So if you’re looking at a smartphone in your lap, your neck is holding up what feels like 20 or 30 pounds.
- Staying in what experts call the “forward head posture” can lead to muscle strain, disc herniations and pinched nerves. Over time, it can even flatten or reverse the natural curve of your neck.
- Not only does forward head posture cause nerve pain, Collie says it can also create metabolic problems. Try to take a deep breath in a slumped position. Now sit up straight and try again. Experts say slouching can reduce the capacity of your lungs by as much as 30%.
So what can you do about it?
- Take regular breaks and roll/shrug the shoulders
- Limit total use per day
- Get to the gym/swim to work those postural muscles that fatigue with poor posture
- Do our at home posture exercises
- Get adjusted (great way to keep the chest open, the neck posture good and your spine and nervous system healthy)