Ever since the development of cell-phones, tablets, and e-readers, people are always looking down – checking their e-mails, reading, and browsing social media. This epidemic affects the millions who, unknowingly, spend hours with their backs hunched and their necks bent forward.
It may not seem like anything alarming – after all, most of our lives revolve around our smart-phones, so what’s wrong with bending our neck frequently?
In fact, the more you bend your neck when you’re texting or browsing Facebook, the more weight your neck and cervical spine have to support. When you turn your neck at least 15 degrees, there are about 27 extra pounds that need to be supported. 45 degrees increases the weight up to 49 lbs, and 60 degrees is equivalent to 60 lbs.
To put this into perspective, that’s the same as carrying an 8-year-old around your neck. When the neck is aligned correctly, the head only weights about 10-12 lbs. – a dramatic decrease from a bent neck. Smart-phone users spend an average of two to four hours per day hunched over, reading e-mails, sending texts, or checking social media sites.
Some symptoms of “Text Neck”:
- Pain in the upper back and neck
- Stiffness and knots in shoulders and neck
- Eye strain from the pressure and Bluelight
- Increased chances of a pinched nerve
- Reduced lung capacity by 30%
Over time, “text neck” can lead to multiple issues such as degeneration of the spine, herniated disks, nerve pinches, and early onset of arthritis in the neck and spine. A strained neck can also lead to loss of curvature, which can onset frequent headaches and back pain.