Did you know that the average human head weighs 12 pounds? But as you bend your neck forward and down, like most of us do when sending a text, the weight on the cervical spine starts to increase. At a 15-degree angle, this weight is about 27 pounds, at a 30-degree angle, it’s about 40 pounds, at a 45-degree angle, it’s about 49 pounds, and at 60 degrees, it equates to about 60 pounds of pressure on your cervical spine. The significance of 60 extra pounds on your spine is huge! Imagine carrying around an 8 year old around your neck for hours per day. Think you’d notice?
Over time, this poor posture, nicknamed “text neck,” can cause early wear and tear on the spine, degeneration, and pain. Unfortunately, this neck position is incredibly common as the majority of people work in front of a screen and spend free time clowning around on their phones.
In fact, smartphone users spend an average of 2-4 hours per day hunched over, checking emails, sending texts, or checking social media… that adds up to 700-1,400 hours per year that people are putting incredible stress on their spines… with high schoolers leading the pack, averaging an extra FIVE THOUSAND hours in this position.
In addition to chiropractic care to reverse the impact of text neck, here are a few tips for smartphone users: