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Text Neck or Tech Neck: It’s Time To Be Careful

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We see them in restaurants waiting for their Cataplana de Peixe, in the coffee shops waiting for their Pastel de Nata and in the Finanças waiting to pay for something – people who seem inseparable from their mobile devices!

Heads down, shoulders hunched, you can see them, young and old, texting or scrolling through their messages on social media. Keeping the head and shoulders in this position for prolonged periods can lead to what is now commonly called ‘text neck’ (the Americans call it ‘tech neck’).

But what causes it and how can it be alleviated?

  • Pain In The Neck: One of the main signs of text neck is a stiff or aching neck, caused by spending too much time with the neck in a downward position while looking at the phone or laptop. We tell our patients to try to hold their phone in such a way so as they won’t be tilting their head down as much. Gentle neck stretches may also help.
  • Shouldering The Burden: In addition to neck pain, the other tell-tale sign is shoulder pain. Many people hunch their shoulders while holding onto their phone and texting. We suggest giving your shoulders a rest by stretching them out periodically and practicing gentle forward and backward shoulder rolls.
  • Headaches: Headaches can be common, either from tilting the head down to look at the phone display or having the head too far forward over the shoulders while reading from a tablet or laptop. Try to lift your phone up to eye level or re-adjust your sitting position.

Chiropractic care has long been proven to help relieve neck pain, shoulder pain and headaches. If you’re in pain, come and see us at Lagos Health Chiropractic…we’re in the big, pink building just across the road from the Lidl Supermarket in Lagos. Or call us on +351 282 768 044.

Discomfort from Text Neck is nothing to LOL about

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Reading and sending text messages and emails on a mobile device all require an awkward downward tilt of the head for extended periods of time. This can lead to a condition that popular and medical media are calling TEXT NECK.

Heavy Burden

The human head weighs about the same as a tenpin bowling ball at about 5 kg (12lbs). But as the neck bends forward and down, the weight on the cervical spine begins to increase. At a 15-degree angle, this weight is about two bowling balls (12kg or 27lbs) and at 45 degrees it’s almost four balls (22kg or 49lbs).

text neck and how to avoid neck painThat’s the burden that comes with staring down at a smartphone. Over time, this poor posture  can lead to severe neck and upper back pain, as well as choking the nerves of the neck leading to tingling in the fingers. It could also lead to degeneration of the spine and perhaps surgery.

And It’s Becoming More Common

Smartphone users spend, on average, two to four hours a day hunched over reading e-mails, sending texts or checking social media sites. That’s 700 to 1,400 hours a year that people are putting stress on their spines. And for teenagers, it’s worse – they are spending an additional 5,000 hours in this position!

“It’s extremely common.” says Dr Wen Oates of Lagos Health Chiropractic. “Just look around you – everyone has their head down…on the street, in restaurants and at home.”

Not Just Youngsters

“But now, it isn’t only young people.” says Dr Oates. “The older, retired generation are sitting up in bed at night reading their Kindle or tablet for several hours. In recent months, I’ve seen more and more patients complaining of neck and shoulder pain that has developed solely from prolonged, late-night ‘mobile-technology’ reading”.

Some Good Advice

“Be aware of the position of your head. Instead of bending your neck, try to look down at your device with your eyes, or try holding the screen close to eye level. To relieve pain, exercise your neck muscles and improve the range of movement of your neck, you can try gently moving your head to its end-range up and down, turning left and right, and bending side to side a few times every day.

Continue to enjoy your smartphone and tablet…just make sure your head is upright!”

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