People are spending an increasing amount of time hunched over their smartphones, tablets and mobile devices.
Sadly, sacrificing proper posture for modern convenience can result in “Text Neck”.
Although its name may sound a little funny, this painful condition is no laughing matter. It brings misery in the form of headaches, neck pain and shoulder pain.
What Causes Text Neck?
People who text are not the only ones at risk of developing Text Neck.
Emailing, gaming, reading an e-book, surfing the internet, and using a computer can all trigger the condition.
That’s because Text Neck is a repetitive strain injury caused by too much looking down.
While the neck muscles are designed to support the weight of the head, dropping the head forward to look down at a screen changes the curve of the neck and causes the shoulders to hunch.
This combination puts additional strain on the muscles.
Preventing Text Neck
People don’t have to give up their mobile devices to avoid Text Neck.
Prevention can be as easy as following a few simple tips. These include:
- Look ahead. Instead of looking down, users should raise the device to eye level.
- Be mindful of neck posture. Ideally, the ear should be directly above the shoulder.
- Take breaks frequently. Periodically, users should set aside their mobile devices and move around.
- Stretch. Stretching the neck and shoulders reduces tension and improves blood flow.
- Stay healthy. A healthy neck and spine is better able to withstand the strain of looking down.
Protecting Neck Health
Stretching is an excellent way to protect the health of the neck muscles.
A good stretching routine begins with looking up and down by slowly raising and lowering the chin.
Next, the person should turn their head to look over one shoulder before reversing direction to look over the other shoulder.
Finally, holding the arms along the sides of the body, they should roll the shoulders forward and backward.
As experts in musculoskeletal alignment, chiropractors are fantastic allies in combating Text Neck.
Make an appointment with one of our chiropractors today, if you’re experiencing any neck pain.