If you’re reading this on your phone, or even on your laptop, you’re probably leaning forward or back, over your table or in a chair. Your head is probably pointed down and forward, and your shoulders show a definite curve. This position is sure to cause pain, whether you know it yet or are still unaware. Physical therapists and Chiropractors have given this phenomenon, which will bring achy shoulders, cricks in the neck and headaches the name”Text Neck.”
Medical researcher Dean Fishman devised this name in 2008 while taking an examination of a 17-year-old who had been complaining about pain in the neck and headaches. Once Fishman turned and looked at the patient, who was still sitting and playing on her phone, he figured out that leaning over the phone plays a big role. After all, the average head weighs ten pounds when you hold it in a neutral position, or when the shoulders are right beneath the ears. Each inch you push your head forward doubles the pressure that the head is placing on the spine. So if you’re facing down into your lap, it’s like your neck is holding 20 or 30 pounds.
Dr. Lee of Riverside Family Chiropractic explains that over time, all this added pressure strains the spine and can wreck the alignment. Imagine bending your finger backward and holding it in place for an hour. Stretching the tissue makes it sore, inflamed or even torn slightly. Sitting with your head forward over your phone or laptop can create pinched nerves, herniated discs and strained muscles. As time goes by, it can reverse your natural curvature.
A visit to a chiropractic professional allows you to reverse the damage of “Text Neck,” and your doctor can give you some tips for avoiding permanent damage. Changing your posture back just takes some simple adjustments, but the sooner you begin them, the easier it will be to keep those new habits. Visit a chiropractic professional today to bring that back pain to a end.