Are you a chronic texter? What about your kids? Maybe you enjoy reading books on your tablet for hours on end. Pay close attention to what comes next because it’s going to save you a lot of future headaches, quite literally.
Ever heard of Text-Neck? It’s a real thing. You’re most likely suffering from it, will be suffering from it or have somebody in your family that’s suffering from it. Now, we’re not saying throwing out your cell phone or Kindle is the solution, but awareness of your posture certainly is.
Text-Neck is a new syndrome that’s affecting millions of Americans every year and they don’t even know it.
What the heck is Text-Neck?
Everyone has a neutral position, just like a car. It’s your best resting position that causes the least amount of stress on your skeletal system. When you’re texting, your head is leaned forward and downward in front of your shoulders angled typically between 45-60 degrees. This is a forward neck posture that isn’t good to be in hours at a time, yet we do it anyway, don’t we?
When your head is in a neutral position directly above your shoulders, it puts about ten to twelve pounds of stress on those neck and shoulder muscles. So what? Big deal. Who cares?
Picture yourself carrying around four to six ten pound bowling balls around your neck. Yes, you heard that right, four to six. That’s forty to sixty pounds of stress you’re putting on those neck and shoulder muscles of yours giving you poor neck posture.
So yeah, you probably guessed that Text-Neck isn’t necessarily making it on the nice list and you need to be thinking about what to do for better neck posture.
Smartphones and tablets aren’t going away. It’s our culture so get used to it.
Nearly seventy-seven percent of Americans own a smartphone and they spend upward of fourteen hundred hours on their phone each year. Teenagers spend nearly five thousand hours so there’s a pretty darn good chance some of the following symptoms are starting to pop up:
- Instant upper back or neck pain when using a handheld device.
- Nagging or sharp pain in the neck or shoulders at the end of the day.
- General shoulder pain and tightness.
- An intermittent or constant headache made worse when looking down or using the computer.
You wouldn’t drive your car out of alignment, would you? Well, you could but eventually it’ll veer so far off the road you’ll crash and burn, right?
When your spine is out of alignment essentially it’s the same thing. Research from the 2013 Journal of Gerontology says if your neck is out of alignment by even a few degrees it increases your chance for coronary artery disease by sixty-four percent!
In case you didn’t know, heart disease is the number one killer of Americans every year. So are we saying texting leads directly to heart disease? No. We are saying that being aware of your posture is crucial to your overall health.
Powerful research also shows how spine misalignment can affect your brain function, according to the Journal of Spine. If your check engine light is on, you just don’t ignore it.
Maybe you’re having symptoms of Text-Neck, maybe you’re not, either way being aware of your posture and altering the way you sit, stand, work or text can dramatically affect how you’ll feel years to come.
If you’re reading this right now from your phone or your computer, check your posture this very second. See??
For “Text Neck” Chiropractic Care visit Dr. Jon Segal, D.C. your Delray Beach Chiropractor, in Delray Beach, FL. Call 561-926-9494 to schedule a consultation.