Have you heard of this new affliction known as Text Neck? Well even if you haven’t, your chiropractor most likely has. With the massive influx of smart phones and texting, it is no wonder why more and more people are visiting their physician or chiropractor to alleviate the symptoms of neck pain.
Although smart phones make life much easier in many regards, they can be a real pain in the neck if you don’t practice the proper body mechanics when you are using your handheld device.
“When the head is over the shoulders it is a bit like a balanced see-saw, and when you move it forward you need to put a force in place to keep it in that position. The longer you are in that position for, the more the muscles have to accommodate it,” states Tim Hutchful, member of the British Chiropractic Association. This common neck pain from using a cell phone is usually caused by poor posture habits, and by straining the cervical spine by hunching over just to check your Instagram account.
If you are like me and can’t go one minute without your trusty phone, don’t fret because here are some tips on how to avoid the dreaded, Text Neck:
1. Sit up straight when you look at your phone
2. Hold your phone slightly above your line of vision
3. Take breaks from your phone
4. Get adjusted regularly to prevent subluxations
5. Stretch your neck and arms
6. Rest your eyes from time to time
It is no wonder why so many chiropractors are seeing an increase in patients with neck pain due to overuse or misuse of their phone or tablet. Remember to always exercise the best ergonomics when you are looking at your phone. If you can’t live without your iPhone or Blackberry, Text Neck does not have to be a life sentence. By practicing these tips, you can avoid and prevent future neck problems.
For further advice on how to avoid symptoms due to mobile phone use, contact your chiropractor or primary care physician.
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