What is Text Neck?
According to the Text Neck Institute of Plantation, FL, Text Neck, also known as Forward Head Posture (FHP), is the “overuse syndrome involving the head, neck and shoulders, usually resulting from excessive strain on the spine from looking in a forward and downward position at any hand held mobile device, i.e., mobile phone, video game unit, computer, mp3 player, e-reader. This can cause headaches, neck pain, shoulder and arm pain, breathing compromise, and much more.” Some signs of Text Neck or Forward Head Posture (FHP) are neck soreness, back pain, and tingling sensations throughout arms and fingers.
What are the Negative Effects of Text Neck?
Text Neck has a large variety of negative health effects, ranging from short to long term as well as minor to severe health concerns. Take a look at just a few of the possible negative outcomes relating to Text Neck/Forward Head Posture (FHP):
- Respiratory Dysfunction
- Early Arthritis
- Disc Compression
- Flattening of Natural Neck Curve
- Gastrointestinal Dysfunction, particularly in the Large Intestine
- Long-Term Muscle Strain
- Pinched Nerves
- Loss of Healthy Bowel Movements
- Increase Weight on Neck and Shoulders
These are just a few of the possibilities for those suffering with Text Neck/Forward Head Posture (FHP). To help visualize the amount of weight and stress added on to your body when suffering from Text Neck/Forward Head Posture (FHP), take a look at the diagram below.
Text Neck/Forward Head Posture (FHP) is something we need to learn to be more mindful of. Just 1 inch forward from where your natural posture is supposed to align can increase the amount of stress pressure on your body by 10 pounds!
What Can You Do to Treat and Prevent Text Neck?
#1: GO SEE YOUR CHIROPRACTOR!
- Chiropractic Care can help with both Prevention and Treatment of Text Neck/Forward Head Posture (FHP). Ask your chiropractor for specific stretches and exercises that can also help in addition to regular Chiropractic Adjustments.
#2: Be Mindful of the Angle You’re Holding your Phone of Other Electronic Device!
- Rather than holding your phone to the point where your next has to stretch downward to read it, instead, hold it up to your facial height. This will take a great amount of stress and weight off your neck, allowing you to view material on your device at a more appropriate height for your body.
#3: Take advantage of new technology that can help!
- There’s now a Text Neck App that tracks your posture, letting you know when you need to adjust the device your viewing for optimal viewing.
- Here’s the link: http://text-neck.com/text-neck-indicator–a-mobile-app.html