Countless times during the day we are drawn to look down at our cell phones. Whether it’s coming from emails, test messages, or social media we are constantly staring downward toward the ground. This repetitive posture is causing underlying spinal issues and the symptoms are starting to show up. If you have kids, keeping them from doing this will be especially important as they continue to age.
Excessive downward looking or rounding of the neck and upper back has been shown to cause accelerated spinal aging and premature degenerative arthritis of the spine. One of the reasons for this is that the further away from your center of gravity and upright position your head is, the more weight is distributed to the spine. In a recent article by the Washington Post they discussed the actual weight that was placed on the spine when the head falls forward.
“The human head weighs about a dozen pounds. But as the neck bends forward and down, the weight on the cervical spine begins to increase. At a 15-degree angle, this weight is about 27 pounds, at 30 degrees it’s 40 pounds, at 45 degrees it’s 49 pounds, and at 60 degrees it’s 60 pounds.1"
To put those numbers in perspective, imagine carrying an 8-year-old around your neck several hours per day. Smartphone users spend an average of two to four hours per day hunched over, reading e-mails, sending texts or checking social media sites. That’s 700 to 1,400 hours per year people are putting stress on their spines, according to the research. And high-school kids might be the worst with an added 5,000 hours per year in that position.
Making sure that your spine and nervous system are properly maintained is the single most important thing you can do to ensure your body is functioning properly. As Corrective Chiropractors Dr. George Khoury and his staff are trained to take care of some of the most advanced and severe cases of spinal disorders, including text neck. If you or someone you know is experiencing neck pain, numbness and tingling in the arms or hands, headaches, or upper back pain call for an appointment today! Your spine will thank you.
The first step to a healthy body is to schedule a free consultation in our office to discuss the specifics of your case.