Do you suffer from neck pain, shoulder pain or headaches? Many people are unaware that these symptoms can be the result of using their cell phone, and a postural condition known as “Text Neck”.What is Text Neck?
Text Neck is an overuse or repetitive stress injury resulting from having your head hung forward and down looking at your cell phone for extended periods of time.
The average weight of a human head is 10 lbs. With every one inch of forward head posture away from neutral (that is, where the centre of the ears are positioned over the shoulders), the weight of your head increases by 100%! Keeping your neck in a sustained forward posture while sending a text message or reading your emails, forces your neck to carry this additional weight which it is not designed to support. The effects of this added stress on your body can result in symptoms such as pain, muscle spasms or even headaches.
What can I do to prevent Text Neck from occurring?
The answer seems pretty simple–stop using your cell phone! But in today’s busy society, where our cell phone is one of our must-have accessories at all times, this does not seem to be a viable option.
So keep your cell phone in your hand, and try these three easy solutions:
1. Raise it up!
Whenever possible, try and hold your phone at eye level which keeps your head in a neutral position and minimizes strain on the neck muscles. There is even a “Text Neck” app available for Android phones that reminds you to stand in the correct posture when using your Smartphone.
2. Take text breaks!
Be aware of when you are using your cell phone throughout the day, and force yourself to take a break if it will be for a prolonged period of time.
3. Exercise, exercise, exercise!
Specifically, perform exercises that will help improve posture, strengthen your neck and create better postural habits for everyday life.
It is important for people of all ages to keep their spine healthy. This can be accomplished by maintaining good posture and preparing your body for the everyday strains placed upon it.
Come in and speak with our Chiropractor, Dr. Sara, for your complementary postural assessment and to learn about four simple exercises you can do at home (or the next time you are in the gym) to help prevent Text Neck.
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About our Chiropractor
Dr. Sara Santoli holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Kinesiology and Health Sciences from York University, where she graduated Magna Cum Laude. It was during her time at York University that she developed a passion for health and rehabilitation. While exploring her future career options, she looked to shadow as many health practitioners as possible. It was chiropractic that inevitably sparked her interest. Dr. Santoli loved the relationship the Chiropractor was able to have with patients, in that it was a partnership of care. She was amazed to see how effective using an all natural, hands-on approach to health proved to be. It was after that experience that she knew chiropractic was the profession for her. She graduated Cum Laude with a Doctor of Chiropractic Degree from Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College four years later. While completing her Doctor of Chiropractic Degree, Dr. Santoli studied various soft tissue and chiropractic technique systems including Diversified , Thompson and Graston. In addition, she became certified in Contemporary Medical Acupuncture at McMaster University, which focuses on a neurofunctional approach to treating various conditions.