“Text Neck” Epidemic

“Text Neck” Epidemic

Do you frequently use a smartphone, laptop, tablet, iPad, or computer? Then this article applies to you.

Millions of Americans spend hours every day looking at their smartphones, working on their laptops, staring at a computer, and in general, looking down. This daily action of hunching over devices has lead to what some are considering to be an epidemic called “Text Neck.”  And yes, that really is the name of the condition.

These technological devices have done many great things for us in terms of making daily tasks easier, communication faster, and work more efficient.  However, they’ve had the opposite affect on our bodies. The constant act of looking down and rounding your shoulders adds extra pressure, stress, and strain on your body, which destroys your posture and damages your overall health.   

Did you know that when your head is upright in proper alignment, it weighs about 12 lbs? And, for every inch that comes forward, an additional 10 lbs of head weight is added to your spine?

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That 42 lb head looks pretty uncomfortable! Unfortunately, this is the direction many of us are “headed” if we don’t do something to fix the issue. As you can imagine, that kind of extra weight over time can wreak havoc on your spine, which in turn will cause a number of health issues to arise. Many of these issues can include:

  • Spinal Degeneration
  • Headaches
  • Pinched Nerves
  • Muscle Tension
  • Numbness/Tingling in Hands
  • Vocal Cord Strain
  • Muscle Spasms
  • Fatigue
  • Stressed Shoulders

Do any of those sound familiar? If so, then you most likely have experienced “Text Neck.” The good thing is, there are easy steps you can take to avoid these issues.  Here are some of our best recommendations:

  1. Get adjusted regularly by your chiropractor. It’s really the best way to actually bring your head and neck back up to proper alignment where they should be. At our Nashville chiropractic office, we work to bring back the proper curvature in your neck by administering specific chiropractic adjustments to necessary areas.
  2. When using any kind of smartphone, laptop, computer, etc., keep the device at eye level, so you don’t have to bend or hunch forward.
  3. If your job requires you to work at a computer all day, get up from your desk and move around frequently.  If you can, try to stretch and move at least every hour if not more.
  4. Tuck your chin into your your chest to look down, instead of dropping your entire head forward. Always sit up straight with shoulders back and chest out.
  5. The BEST thing you can do to avoid this issue, is limit your time spent on these devices. Simply looking up may do wonders for not only your body, but also your life in general.  Think about how much you miss going on around you, by looking down.  We could write an entirely different article just on that topic alone, but the main point here is that your body will thank you and you will physically feel much better after taking a break from technology.

If you have any questions regarding “Text Neck” feel free to give us a call at 615-915-1255. Our Nashville chiropractic team is here to help! If you’d like to come in to the office to talk with our chiropractor about the best options for dealing with this issue, schedule a free consultation today!

 

Sources:

“Preventing Text Neck.” American Chiropractic Association. Journal of the American Chiropractic Association, 1 Sept. 2011. Web. 17 July 2015. <www.acatoday.org>.

 

 

 

 

 

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