Everyone spends time on their phone, whether on the CTA or eating dinner. While this is unavoidable, it is important to note the dangers of “text neck”, as well as how chiropractic care can help. A study published in Surgical Technology International recently calculated that those looking down at their phone could exert up to sixty pounds of force on the spine and neck. As a person’s head tilts down to check their phone, the weight of their head (about ten to twelve pounds) increases the gravitational pull on their cranium. This leads to more and more force that your neck must endure. Once your head is tilted at 15 degrees, the weight of the force is already at 27 pounds; this increases to “40 pounds at 30 degrees, 49 pounds at 45 degrees, and 60 pounds at 60 degrees”.
So how can this be remedied?
Chiropractic Care and Neck Pain
The more force placed on your neck and spine, the more pain and stress your body will go through. It is estimated that Americans spend about an hour a day on their phones, and most do not stare straight ahead at their phone. This stress can lead to wear and tear on your neck and spine, as well as degeneration. Prevention is as simple as looking at your phone without tilting your neck, yet it is much easier said than done.
If you find yourself experiencing “text neck”, visit Chicago Chiropractic and Sports Injury Centers.. Regular chiropractic care is a great way to treat neck pain holistically, as well as prevent pain in the future. Studies have shown that chiropractic care and regular neck exercises is often more effective than pain relievers for neck pain treatment.. We offer a variety of chiropractic treatments, and can work with you to determine the best option for your needs.
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Courtesy of: The Atlantic