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Zero Text Neck Injuries There is no doubt that texting can be a pain in the neck. The need for chiropractic care has significantly increased with advances in mobile technology, and the reality that the public at large is constantly "connected." "For every inch of forward head posture, it can increase the weight of the head on the spine by an additional 10 pounds." With today’s mobile devices – smart phones, laptops, and tablet computers, physicians, physical therapists and chiropractors are seeing a dramatic increase in musculoskeletal disorders of the neck and upper back. The average human head weighs 10-12 pounds when held upright in the neutral position. The forces on the cervical spine increase significantly when tilting the head forward. For example, holding a smart phone at mid-torso height creates 20-30 pounds of force on the supporting neck. Obviously, our mobile computing and communication technology isn’t going away so how does one avoid the detrimental effects of “text neck” disorder? • Physical therapists advise taking frequent breaks (every 20 minutes) while using mobile devices. These micro-breaks should involve rolling the shoulders, stretching the neck’s primary flexor muscles (sternocleidomastoids) by extending the head back, and taking a short, brisk walk to stimulate increased blood flow. • For tablet and laptop use, add an external mouse, keyboard, and raise the device on a stand or stack of books. • Communicate verbally using the phone for its intended purpose rather than trading messages by texting or email.
"Zero Text Neck Injuries"