I found out a few years ago that I have degenerative disc disease in my neck. I am not completely sure what caused it but I am positive that texting sure doesn’t help. I have been much more aware of my posture especially since I am currently in therapy for herniated discs. All of my chiropractors say that they are seeing younger patients that develop pain in their neck, commonly called text neck or tech neck, due to texting and using their cell phones to watch programs and videos. Because the head is bent forward it can create up to 30-60 lbs of pressure on the neck. Daily usage in that position can have severe consequences. Here are a few things we can do to help with this issue before it becomes a big problem:
- Bring the phone up to your face preferably eye level
- Avoid looking down for long periods of time causing added pressure on the neck
- Take breaks often in the day and get up and stretch, roll your shoulders backward and forward, and do neck stretches
- Make sure your work station is ergonomically correct. Maybe even modify it so you can work standing up for part of the day.
Fix your posture before watching these videos lol that help you understand the problem and hopefully it will encourage you and your children to literally “keep your head up”.