Dr. Grace Walker, physical and occupational therapist and nutritionist, wants you to know that most adults spend on average around two to four hours a day on their phone. That averages to be 700 to 14,000 hours a year! This has doctors coining a new term called “text neck” or “tech neck”. Text neck is caused by prolonged neck strain from looking downwards towards you phone, computer, tablet, etc. This causes a strain on your neck muscles, whose purpose is to support an upright posture. This strain causes serious neck and shoulder pain as well as headaches.
The average human head weighs about ten to twelve pounds and is hardly noticed when sitting upright and aligned with its base of support, the neck. As soon as you tilt your head forward, backward or side to side you will notice a shift of weight that makes the head feel heavier. The farther away your head moves from its base of support the more difficult it is to keep this weight up. Therefore, neck muscles, if not strengthened regularly will become strained if you look towards the floor for long periods of time. Simply flexing your neck forward sixty degrees can feel like you are supporting sixty pounds!
Tips to avoid “text neck”:
- Bring your laptop to a table– Working on your computer placed in your lap forces your head to look downward causing strain
- Buy a stand– Buying a stand and placing it on a table where you can comfortably use your tablet or even read a book can help you avoid text neck
- Ignore the urge– It is so common in todays world to have your phone on deck for any quiet moments in your life, people feel this need to check their phone every time boredom comes around. Try to resist any urge to check your cell unnecessarily and take in your surroundings, you will be surprised what you’ve been missing.
At Walker Physical Therapy and Pain Center, we have an effective program for our patients with neck pain. We can help you strengthen your neck muscles and work on any postural issues you may be concerned with!
We come up with personalized programs for each patient to provide results in an affordable, fun and healing environment. Call Walker Physical Therapy & Pain Center to schedule an appointment with an expert and caring physical therapist!
Walker Physical Therapy and Pain Center
1111 W. Town and Country Rd. Ste. 1