That’s right, “text neck”. If you’re reading this article on your phone, you might be experiencing it already. Text neck is a condition that is becoming increasingly more common as more and more of us find ourselves hunched over a mobile device texting, emailing and playing games for long periods of time.
Potential Health Threat
Although it may only feel like minor pain right now, it could become significant and potentially damage your spine.
The average weight of an adult’s head is around 10-12 pounds. Looking down at your screen drops your head in front of your shoulders and makes the muscles in your neck and upper back work hard to hold your head up.
4 Ways to Avoid Damage from Text Neck
Text neck could lead to pinched nerves and herniated discs over time. Thankfully, there are four things you can do to prevent it.
- Get chiropractic care for text neck: Regular alignments can help treat many health conditions and maintain a healthy spine. Call your College Park chiropractors at AICA College Park for an appointment.
- Take a break: We are connected to our phones for so much of our day, take a break from the screen and engage with the people around you. If you need to be connected for long periods, try switching to a desktop or laptop to give your neck some rest and a change of position.
- Do some simple neck exercises: Throughout the day you should stretch your neck muscles and vertebrae (the cervical spine). There are several easy and effective stretches you can do regularly at your desk, watching TV, or even in the shower.
- Tell your phone to keep you honest: If you search “text neck” in your phone’s app store, you’ll find that there are a number of apps to help you use your phone safely and minimize neck pain.
Keep Your Chin Up
By seeing your College Park chiropractor regularly and following these tips, you will help prevent text neck and use your phone pain-free.