Oak Brook, IL, September 8th, 2010–More young adults each day are suffering from headaches, tingling in the arm and neck pain resulting from too much leaning over hand-held devices and texting, Chiro One Wellness Centers says.
"Text-Neck is a forward head posture resulting from excessive strain on the spine from looking in a forward and downward position at any hand held mobile device, mobile phone, video game unit, computer, mp3player, or e-reader," says Dr. Jeremy Hayes, Clinic Director of Chiro One Wellness Center of Flossmoor. "This forward head posture can cause headaches, neck pain, shoulder and arm pain".
According to a recent study of 800 teens between the ages of 12 and 17 conducted by the Pew Internet and American Life Project and the University of Michigan's Department of Communication Studies, teenage girls send or receive an average of 80 text messages a day, and one third of teens who have cell phones text more than 100 messages daily. Teens use cell phone texts to communicate more than any other form of interaction, even face-to-face talking and instant messaging, according to the study.
Possible problems associated with "text neck" include:
- neck pain
- shoulder pain
- gastronintestinal issues
- loss of lung capacity
- pinched nerve
- spine degenerationChiro One Wellness Centers predicts that "text neck" is going to reach epidemic proportions because everyone young and old is using some kind of hand-held device.
Chiro One Wellness Centers offers the following tips for avoiding ‘text neck’:
- Lift phone up and text at eye level rather than leaning over the phone and look down with your eyes and gently tuck your chin in, not forward.
- Remember your posture - sit upright, keeping your ears over your shoulders and hold the device below your heart.
- Keep the device 90 degrees perpendicular to your fingers as you press the buttons and use two hands to type.
- Support your forearms on a pillow during extended texting to reduce the strain on your neck and shoulder muscles.
- Remember to take a break to stretch and shake out the hands and stop when it hurts.
- Return only urgent e-mails on the PDA. Respond to other e-mails from your computer.
- Do some stretches. Warm up hands by stretching the wrist backward for 2-3 seconds, then forward for 2-3 seconds. Spread your fingers as wide apart as you can and hold them for 2-3 seconds. Tuck your chin in and make a double chin, hold for 2-3 seconds. Fold your hands together and turn your palms away as you extend your arms forward.
- Monitor the time you (or your child) spend on the phone or PDA and be conscious of the risks involved with excessive use of PDAs or cell phones.
Download new Text Neck for Android application at NeuroTilt.com to find out if you're at risk.Chiro One Wellness Centers is offering Free Text Neck.
Posture Checks at all their Chicagoland and Kentucky locations in September. For more information, log onto ChiroOne.net/Events
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