What is Text Neck?
Many of us are probably guilty of spending too much time on our phones, but did you know that recurrent viewing could lead to neck pain? When we look down for long periods, this prolonged posture puts strain on the neck or cervical spine. Over time this strain causes a repetitive stress injury or overuse syndrome called "text neck" to develop.
The average head weighs about 10 to 12 pounds. For every few degrees, the head tilts forward, the amount of weight on the neck increases. For example, this means bending your head forward an extra 15 degrees can increase the load on the cervical spine to 27 pounds. When you increase your head tilt to a 60-degree angle, you can place as much as 60 pounds of stress on your neck. This stress is especially significant when you consider that smartphone users spend about two to four hours a day looking down at their phones. This means the average person spends 700 to 1,400 hours a year straining their neck. Teens and children tend to spend even more time on their phones, so they could be at an increased risk of developing text neck.