Constant Texting Can Be a Pain in the Neck

September 15, 2010

The digital world not only brings us the opportunity to connect 24/7 to information, people, and entertainment it also brings its own set of aches and pain.

The digital world not only brings us the opportunity to connect 24/7 to information, people, and entertainment it also brings its own set of aches and pain.

According to a report by The Herald-News “more teens are suffering from headaches, tingling in the arm and neck pain” from spending too much time texting. The hand-held devices require teens to spend a lot of time leaning forward, which is translating to aches and pain.

The article highlights new symptoms like “Text neck,” which it desribes as a “forward-head posture resulting from excessive strain on the spine.” Tect neck is a result from holding a forward and downward position while using a hand-held mobile device, mobile phone, video game unit,, computer, mp3 player, or e-reader.

Andrea Blake, of the Chiro One Wellness Centers, was featured as the expert. Those suffering from “text neck” may also suffer from headaches, neck pain, shoulder pain, gastrointestinal issues, loss of lung capacity, pinched nerve, and spine degeneration.

The article offered a few ways of avoiding the problem, including:

-Lifting the phone/device up to eye level, looking down with your eyes, and gently tucking in your chin.

-Keeping track of your posture, sitting up straight, keeping your ears over your shoulders, and holding the device below your heart.

-Keeping the device at 90 degrees perpendicular to your fingers as you type and using two hands to type.

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