Do you sit all day hunched over a computer? Or are you constantly putting out fires with your cell phone. Do your neck and shoulders feel stiff at the end of the day? You may be experiencing Text Neck. (Wanna stop reading and get relief now?)
Yes, this is a real issue with the reliance on all our new technology. According to U.S. chiropractor Dr. Dean L. Fishman,
‘text neck’ refers to overuse syndrome or a repetitive stress injury, where you have your head hung forward and down looking at your mobile electronic device for extended periods of time.
Why does this happen? Because your head is really heavy. A recent study published in the journal ‘Surgical Technology International’ shows that
- Standing or sitting straight your head weighs, 10 to 12 lbs
- Lean 15 degrees forward, the head weight 27 lbs
- The Text Tilt of 30-degree forces the neck to lift 40 lbs.
Text Neck Symptoms
The increased angle of your neck as you bend over cell phones and tablets makes your body work harder to support your head. This results in the following symptoms and sometimes damage to the spine.
- Tightness in your shoulders
- Soreness in your neck
- Painful lower back
Take Care of Text Neck
- Put devices at eye level (separate computer screen and keyboard so the screen is at eye level and the keyboard is comfortable)
- Take frequent breaks
- Balance your ears over shoulders as much as possible for a zero weight position
- Release pinched nerves with a hot stone massage
- Stretch the neck and shoulders specifically with yoga
Sore necks respond well to heat and pressure points. Placing hot stones on your sore sift neck, shoulders and back gives the body instant relief. The relaxed muscles are now ready for the healing touch of the massage therapist. Breaking up of the connective tissues will allow contracted muscles to unlock–giving enormous pain relief. This resetting of the muscles can last up to a week.
Your body will thank you for releasing all the soreness and stored tension. By doing this, you are taking charge of your body and your health.