Isn’t technology amazing? With all of the advancements that we have in this day and age, we have evolved to use these devices. With the use of these cell phones, tablets and other wireless devices, we have made it a habit of neglecting the one thing that’s carried us so far in this world, our bodies.
Some signs and symptoms of text neck:
– Chronic headache
– Soreness in the neck
– Numbness and tingling felt in the upper extremities
– Tightness or stiffness across the shoulders
– Postural changes
– Pain throughout the neck, back, shoulders, arms, hands, fingers, wrists and elbows
The more the spine bends forward, the more stress is placed on the cervical spine, the top 7 bones of the neck. This extra force puts more pressure on the discs of the spine which can eventually lead to them degenerating and chronic neck pain.
According to the Antarctic Journal, if left untreated serious, permanent damage may occur. Flattening of the spinal curve, onset of early arthritis, spinal degeneration, spinal misalignment, disc herniations and compressions, muscle and nerve damage, loss of lung volume capacity as well as gastrointestinal problems.
Strategies to prevent text neck and to reverse symptoms
- Hold phone at eye level as much as possible
- Take breaks from the phone/laptop
- Set a timer – no more than 20 minutes on a device, walk every 30-45 minutes
Basically, treat your body well! It’s the only one you have. If you have to use technology for work, school, or even play, then take a break every 30-45 minutes and at least give those eyes a break by staring at something 10-20 feet away for at least 30 seconds, or go for that small walk! While you’re up, go fill up on some water!