Rapid advances in technology have greatly improved our lives and benefited people in countless ways, but it also produces new challenges. Think about this: Americans send approximately 2.19 trillion text messages every year. That may be great for keeping in touch, but it is terrible for your neck! Text neck is on the rise and is negatively impacting the quality of lives for many people, including a number of chiropractic patients we treat. Here’s what you need to know about text neck.
No matter where you look, people are on their smartphones. Whether it’s communicating, taking pictures, using navigation — the options are endless. The problem with that constant use is that these seemingly harmless devices are causing a huge health problem: text neck! Studies show that poor posture while texting, emailing, and gaming is causing pain for people of all ages. Not only does poor posture while using electronics cause pain, it even restricts your ability to breathe as slumped posture reduces the lungs ability to reach full capacity by 30%.
So what actually causes this injury? Ultimately, text neck is an overuse injury, which happens when people perform repetitive motions such as holding their head down and forward, which puts more pressure on the upper back and neck. If your neck does not maintain proper neutral alignment, the risk of upper back, shoulder, and neck pain is increased.
How To Prevent Text Neck
Regular chiropractic care is an excellent line of defense against text neck, but you also need to change some of your habits, too. Here are our tips:
Use a talk-to-text program – Talk-to-text programs might result in some funny text threads, but it will help reduce neck strain and pressure.
Hold your phone at the right angle – When looking at your phone or texting, try to hold your phone in front of you instead of looking down at it. Keep your phone directly in front of your face, just below your line of sight, and keep your shoulders in a relaxed position.
Take breaks – If you’re like most people today, you spend a lot of time on your phone. Give yourself a break now and then and set a recurring alarm to remind you if necessary.
Stay hydrated – Hydration is an important part of staying healthy, and it will help you avoid text neck!
Build up strength – Add exercises to your routine that strengthen and stretch your shoulders and neck.
Text neck might sound funny, but it is no joke. Click here to contact us and see how we can help you treat and avoid text neck.