OMG Neck Pain

With the rise in cell phone and tablet use comes the rise in neck and back complaints, say chiropractors and physiotherapists the world over – the phenomenon even has a catchy nickname: “Text Neck”. So just how bad is “text neck” for you? A study in the Surgical Technology International journal has found that looking down at your phone is like placing a 60-lbs weight on your neck. That’s like an 8-year old kid sitting on your neck, or as the Atlentic Health puts it, giving an aardvark a piggy-back ride. The calculation was made by New York back surgeon Kenneth Hensraj, who explains, "As the head tilts forward the forces seen by the neck surges to 27 pounds at 15 degrees, 40 pounds at 30 degrees, 49 pounds at 45 degrees and 60 pounds at 60 degrees." That obviously doesn’t sound comfortable, but what starts out as minor complaints can evolve into major spine injury over the years. omgneckpain2 There are ways to combat these stresses placed on your neck, both preventative and after the fact. Be more aware of your posture while using electronic gadgets, bringing the phone’s screen up to your eye level, rather than bending to look at it. As for dealing with those aches and pains, visit a chiropractor or physiotherapist, do yoga, or even practise some simple neck stretches, tilting your head slowly from side to side, or dropping your chin to your chest and back up.   Featured image:

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