The Root Cause
Text neck posture can result in the loss of your cervical spine curve and even advance the development of a reverse curve. Why is a healthy cervical curve significant? Well, your spine protects the nerves that run from your brain and connect to every part of your body. For example, take a look at the graphic below; when you have forward head posture, the pressure increases on your spine, compressing the vertebrae, leading to degeneration and reduced bodily function.
You likely have known someone in your life that has “shrunk” as they aged. We can see the change physically, but we do not understand what is happening inside the body. This condition exists because the nerves are impeded and cannot properly communicate. This condition is typical as we get older, but there are three things that you need to know.
Even though it is not uncommon, it is not normal!
Overuse of any part of the body can result in injuries small and large. The professional and advanced amateur athletes we work with understand how too much physical activity too quickly can result in muscle and joint injuries. Tendinitis and stress fractures are the results of repetitive trauma. Think about that with your cellphone use.
Text neck is advancing this phenomenon rapidly.
We are seeing more and more young people with terrible forward neck posture, and the school-aged children now are an experiment in what will happen with constant tech exposure. They are the first generation growing up with technology from the time they are babies. We will not know the truly damaging effects of text neck until these children begin to age.
It is correctable!
It is not evitable given that we grow old, lose mobility, shrink and develop an unsightly hump. But, we can change the narrative; YOU can change it. And, best of all, it is not that complicated.
If you are like the average smartphone user, you’re spending upwards of two hours per day sending emails, texts and surfing the web on your mobile device. This behavior adds up to over 700 hours per year! With up to 60 pounds of pressure applied, you can imagine the damage this causes to your neck.
According to the Washington Post, the average human head weighs about 12 pounds. However, as your neck bends forward, the weight on your cervical spine begins to increase. At a 15-degree angle, there are about 27 pounds of pressure on your neck. At a 60-degree angle, there are as much as 60 pounds of force.