Smartphone Users Suffer From “Text Neck”
Doctors: "Text Neck" Creating Epidemic
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We spend an average of 2-4 hours a day hunched over our smartphones and it’s having a major impact on our muscles and spine.
Some of us are developing “text neck,” a condition doctors are calling an epidemic.
Fox 21’s Avery Neuville tells us it’s something local chiropractors are all too familiar with.
Reading emails, replying to texts and checking social media outlets on our smartphone may not be so smart.
The weight of looking down at your phone is bending your neck, putting major stress on your spine.
Half percent of patients at HealthSource Chiropractic in Duluth come in with chronic neck pain, tight muscles, bad posture and headaches because of what’s known as “text neck.”
Chiropractors are having to adjust the neck to take pressure off nerves and relax the patients muscles.
Doctors recommend sitting up straight with your feet flat on the ground.
“Really be aware of where you are putting your cellphone or Ipad and bring it up to eye level. Every inch that we shift forward, the ear over the shoulder puts about 10 pounds of pressure onto the spine that is already being overworked if we have improper posture,” said Dr. Danae Danielson at HealthSource Chiropractic.
The average patient doctors see range from 35 to 45-years-old.
The life long dangers of this epidemic can effect your nervous system and patients can start to see arthritis in their neck.
Doctors say a severe case of “text neck” will take up to 3 months to heal.