Text Neck

2017-12-01T02:51:52+00:00

Do you have frequent neck, shoulder or back pain? You may have a recently identified condition called “text neck”. The repetitive strain injury occurs when you spend considerable time looking down at your phone. Since 72 percent of Americans own smartphones, according to Pew Research Center, it’s likely to affect many of us at some point if we do not change the way we use our phones. What causes text neck? Your neck is designed to support the weight of your head in an upright position. Dropping your head increases the amount of pressure placed on the vertebrae in your neck and also strains muscles in your neck, shoulders, and back. When you hold your head at a 60 degree angle, like when you look down at your phone, it’s as if you suddenly added another 50 pounds of weight to your head. Because your neck was not designed to support so much weight, permanent damage eventually can occur. If you spend a lot of time texting, playing games or surfing the Internet on your phone, the curvature of your neck may even be permanently affected. Although changes in the neck are often inevitable due to aging, chiropractors are starting to [...]

Text Neck 2017-12-01T02:51:52+00:00