“Text Neck” is a relatively new term that describes neck strain resulting from looking down at a wireless device for long periods of time. Statistically, smartphone users spend an average of 2-4 hours per day with their heads flexed forward, which translates to 700-1,400 hours of added neck strain per year. Our heads weigh between 10 and 12 pounds, and by simply looking down at a 15-degree angle, the effective weight on your neck increases to 27 pounds.
With an increasing number of patients presenting with symptoms related to Text Neck, we wanted to spread the word and help you find ways to prevent pain from using your tech devices.
SYMPTOMS of Text Neck:
• Neck Pain
• Shoulder Pain
• Upper Back Pain
CAUSES of Text Neck:
Despite the name, Text Neck can be related to any tech device, not just a cell phone. Looking up at a TV for too long can cause similar problems, as will looking down at a laptop or an iPad.
PREVENTION of Text Neck:
Keep your posture in mind when using a tech device. Your spine should remain in a neutral position.
– Adjust your computer monitor to sit directly in front of you with the screen at eye level. Do not sit so far away so that you are forced to “hunch forward” to focus on the screen.
– Use the Voice Recognition feature on your phone whenever possible. This will help decrease the amount of texting and subsequent strain.
– When speaking on the phone, opt for a wireless headset, so that you can be hands-free and are not tempted to pin the phone between your ear and shoulder.
Conservative treatment, like the type we provide, has been shown to help relieve neck and back pain. If you or someone you know suffers from neck or upper back pain, please call our office to schedule an appointment right away.