"Text Neck" and Body Posture

By: Anasya Dowell

What is "Text Neck"

According to the Washington Post, "Text neck" refers to the daily habit that are affecting our body posture. TEXTING! The human head weighs approximately 12 pounds, and as we move our head forward and backwards it increase the amount of weight on our spine.( Text next is becoming, para. 1). Cell phones is not the only problem, video games, or other technological devices also can cause these problems because there is strain put on the neck to operate these devices.

Damages it can Cause

According to the Washington Post, This body posture can lead to premature wear and tear on the spine, that can eventually become bad enough to need surgery to correct. This  is really becoming profound in the young population because they are always on cell phones, there will be an increase in young people needing spine care.

Muscle Strain

Pinched Nerves

Herniated Disks

Can remove neck's natural curve

From VTphysicaltherapy.com, Article: Dangers of "Text neck"

Cell Phones

79% of 18-44 year-olds have their smartphones with them at least 22 hour a day.(VT PT).  Cell phone users spend at least two to four hours each day hunched over on the phone. In total that is about 700-1400 hours per year people spend hunched over hurting their spines and teenagers are at greater risk being on the phone hunched over about 5000 more hours a year.

Are Cell Phones the Only Problem?

According to Fox News,52% of kids from 0 to 8 years old spend about 43 minutes a day on video games or any other devices that mimic cell phones.

What Can You Do To Fix This Problem?

Practice good body posture.

Look down at your phone with your eyes not your neck.

Bring the device up to your face

Exercise Demonstration

Proper Body Posture

(Know Your Posture)

Sources

Bever, L. (2014, November 20). ‘Text neck’ is becoming an ‘epidemic’ and could wreck your spine. Retrieved December 8, 2014, from http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/morning-mix/wp...

Dangers of "text neck". Retrieved December 8, 2014, from http://vtphysicaltherapy.com/dangers-of-text-neck...

Rothenberg, K. (2014, August 15). Texting creating 'text neck' epidemic, doctor warns. Retrieved December 4, 2014, from http://www.foxnews.com/tech/2014/08/15/texting-cr...

Shete, D., & Gandhi, D. (2012, June 7). Know Your Posture. Retrieved December 4, 2014, from http://www.spinalogy.com/blog/2012/07/know-your-posture/

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