Do You Have Text Neck?
We use our devices (cell phones iPads, tabs, laptops and our desktops) everyday. We hunch over them like our lives depend on it. I’m guilty of this too. Well, this is not good for any of us. Studies have proven that our heads are the about 12 pounds. Imagine a 12 pound bowling ball slumped over and pulling on your spine. That’s precisely what is happening every time we stoop over to look at our cell phones.
The weight seen by the spine dramatically increases when flexing the head forward at varying degrees. Loss of the natural curve of the cervical spine leads to incrementally increased stresses about the cervical spine. Theses stresses may lead to early wear and tear, degeneration, and possibly surgeries.
If you bend your head at a 15 degree angle those 12 pounds that your head normally weighs increases to 27 pounds. On an average people spend 2 to 4 hours every day hunched over their devices. In the US alone 1.91 trillion text messages were sent out in 2013. All that amounts to 700 to 1,400 hours per year. High school kids are probably worse because they are never not on their phones, it seems. The wear and tear on your neck and spine is horrendous. You could experience some of these issues:
- Early wear and tear on your spine
- Early spinal degeneration
- Muscle strain
- Pinched nerves
- Herniated discs
- Abnormalities to your necks natural curve
I know that these days it’s impossible to get away from all our devices, but if we all just learn to sit up, straighten our spines, tilt our heads up just a bit and use our devices at a neutral point it would take the stress off our neck and spine and the effects of having better posture will go way beyond just neck health!