Below is a link to a great, short article that appeared on Fox News regarding “texting” and the harm it causes your neck.
Now…the article only talks about “texting” as a factor because that is what the research was specifically done on.
However, it is NOT the texting that is the problem, it is the neck’s abnormal and unnatural position throughout the time you are texting. Texting, reading, playing video games, checking e-mails, “facebooking” on I-pads or phones or anything else you do that causes you to bend your head forward and flex your neck for a prolonged time, will lead to problems.
This forward head posture or anterior translation of the head and neck causes a ton of stress/strain to the lower neck. The article mentions how many pounds of stress are added, based on the research.
This can lead to:
1) A loss of curve or straightening to the Cervical Spine
2) Muscle Imbalances in the upper back
3) Overtime, degeneration of the discs in the lower neck
4) Rounded shoulders and forward head posture
5) Mis-alignments in the neck
6) Pain and other symptoms, like headaches
Chiropractors, including Dr. Sandez in Cary, NC are seeing this more and more everyday in practice. The worst part is that we are seeing it in kids younger than ever. Practicing good posture is critical to your health. If you already have poor posture get help now before it continues to get worse and negatively affects your health.
Here is the short article:
Hope This Helps!
Yours in Better Health,
Dr. J. Luis Sandez, DC