Category «The Next American Epidemic»

Text Neck – The Next American Epidemic

Advancements in technology have made all of our lives easier. Imagine a life where Siri isn’t around to give directions to the closest Starbucks, or answer random questions. Smart phones might as well do chores because they are an integral part of the family. Is it possible, however, that there is a downside to this phone relationship? A growing body of evidence appears to suggest this. Computers and smart phones garner our attention two to four hours a day according to numerous estimates. This shouldn’t be an issue, except that our posture is less than ideal while using them. Typically, the user has their neck flexed for an extended period of time and this creates structural problems. The head typically weighs 10-12 pounds. As it moves away from the body, it gets relatively heavier and strains the muscles, ligaments and bones of the cervical spine. It is suggested that for every inch the skull moves forward from a neutral position, it gains ten pounds. To experience this, hold a ten pound weight with two hands next to the chest and see how long it can be held. Next, extend the arms away from the body and see how long the …