Text Messaging and Neck Pain

by admin on March 24, 2015

Are You a Texter?

Did you know that poor posture from text messaging can cause spine problems and neck pain?

‘Text neck’ is becoming an ‘epidemic’ and could wreck your spine writes Lindsey Bever of the Washington Post.

“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.

That’s the burden that comes with staring at a smartphone — the way millions do for hours every day, according to research published by Kenneth Hansraj in the National Library of Medicine. The study appeared in Surgical Technology International. Over time, researchers say, this poor posture, sometimes called “text neck,” can lead to early wear-and-tear on the spine, degeneration and even surgery.

This is an informative article, well worth a read.  Read the entire article here:

Thank you, Dr. Werner

 

 

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