Text neck is real. The definition of text neck is overusing your neck, back and shoulder muscles causing strain on your spine. Usually occurs when looking forward and downward for extended periods of time on any mobile device or object such as a cell phone, computer, e-reader, etc. While technology can add convenience to our lives, there is no doubt that texting can be a pain in the neck!
With an average adult head weighing 10-12 lbs, tilting the head down increases the gravitational pull on the skull. Long-term forward neck posture may lead to long term muscle strain, disc herniation and pinched nerves. To have ideal posture, you should align your ears with your shoulders and retract your shoulders. These strains on your body are bound to take a toll on health over time, especially with the amount of time most people spend on phones. With the potential for text neck, spending extensive amounts of time on your phone may be causing neck, back, head and overall health problems.
Technology is everywhere. Make some adjustments to your lifestyle and protect your health. Some examples of boundaries that you could set for yourself are no phones during meals, no texting while in the car or at work and no mobile devices in bed. Try and maintain a neutral spine whenever using technology.
Some symptoms of text neck are neck and shoulder pain, pinched nerves, strains, herniated discs, chronic headaches, dizziness and curvature of the spine. If you have any of these issues or may be concerned that you have text neck and would like to talk with a professional, please call or come in to Boze Chiropractic in Spring Hill or Brooksville, Florida. We are dedicated to helping people like you get rid of neck and back pain so you can live more comfortably.