Got Text-Neck?

The Dangers on Your Body because of Smart-Phones

With today's technology, we are beginning to see the extreme damage that smart-phones are beginning to have on our bodies. For children and young adults, spinal damage is more threatening as their bodies are still developing, and high technology usage begins at an earlier age for longer periods of time.

For generations we have sat down to read a book, and endured little to no spinal harm. Now, texting, or more specifically, looking down at your smartphone, has become the newest danger. While we are facing down either way, texting and mobile usage adds activity and is done for longer periods of time, rather than holding a copy of the latest New York Times best-seller. “A recent study shows that 79% of the population between the ages 18 and 44 have their cell phones with them almost all the time—with only 2 hours of their waking day spent without their cell phone on hand” (IDC; Facebook 2). Just by looking at the image below, we see that at a straight level, our head only weighs 10-12 pounds on average. By tilting your head a mere 60 degrees forward to look at your phone, you are adding nearly 50 pounds of additional weight-just think of the detrimental consequences on your spine!

To add on to your text-neck side effects, holding your phone in your hand at a lower level commonly leads to headaches, muscle tightness/tension/pain in your shoulders, wrists, thumbs, and down your arms. While your neck struggles to support your head, your poor posture then begins to adopt these negative ramifications.  More research is coming to light about the long-term effects of smartphones, and how they are ultimately changing our spines natural curve. While limiting cell-phone use is the best way to prevent spinal curvature, having a licensed chiropractor correct your spine through corrective care may be your next best option!

 

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