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As new products utilizing the state-of-the-art technology are conquering all aspects of our lives, there is an increasing incidence of some specific medical conditions that take a heavy toll on human societies.
One of these conditions is "text neck" which is caused by overusing devices such as smartphones, tablets, or other wireless devices.If you are a cell phone owner and feeling a stiffness in your shoulders and the base of your neck without any obvious reason, it may be text neck.
Looking down at your smart phone phone, tablet, or other wireless devices for too long and too frequently can damage your neck. The excessive stress in the neck is causing a lot of burden, especially among young people. Some might even wake up with severe, acute, upper back muscle strain.
This early wear-and-tear on the spine and even disc degeneration caused by text neck might lead to neck surgery.
A news video from Denver Channel with over 1 Million viewers announced that neck pain sufferers from smart phones are getting younger and younger.
What is text neck and Why You Should Worry?
The term "text neck" was first used by a US chiropractor, Dr. Dean L. Fishman. This medical condition is a repetitious stressor an overuse injury which occurs when your head is flexed in a forward position and bent down looking at your smartphone or other electronic devices for a long time. The termis derived from cervical (neck) spinal degeneration resulting from the repeated stress of frequent forward head flexion while texting on mobile devices. News Channel MyFox Zone announced Text neck causes chronic neck pain at younger age already.
Today, text next is more common among youngsters who have become excessively accustomed to their electronic devices and are much of the time bending their head over their device while eating, walking, etc
Signs and symptoms of text neck
Bending your neck while looking down at your smartphones or other electronic devices for a long time,contribute to some physical conditions as follows:
Causes of text neck
The average human head is around 4.5 kilograms. When your shoulders and ears are in alignment, the upper part of your body is in a neutral position. In this position, there is a minimum tension on the muscles and bones and other structures of your neck. When you lean your neck forward and the neutral position disturbs, the neck has to bear much more weight. In a study published by the journal "Surgical Technology International," the total force the head puts on the spine as the head tilts was investigated. The results were as follows:
Scary Statistics of using Smart Phones and Tablets
In our modern digital age, there are an increasing number of people who are spending a lot of time on handheld devices such as smartphones, computer tablets, e-readers, etc.Here are some statistics from Pew Internet Project’s research related to mobile technology, 2014:
Consequences of text neck in long term
Iftext neck is left untreated, it may lead to some more serious and permanent physical and medical problems in your body such as:
How to prevent text neck
Your symptoms in text neck such as muscular pain and discomfort can be relieved by some simple lifestyle changes such as:
Treatment for text neck
In severe cases of text neck, a thorough examination will be performed along with other investigations to find out if there is anything wrong with your neck. If there are some specific physical problems, then a combination of the following treatments will be used to treat your condition including:
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