Text neck is the term used to describe the injuries and pain caused from looking down at wireless devises. Personally I call it “hook neck” and it can cause all kinds of physical problems from neck and shoulder pain to chronic headaches. Doctors are also seeing an increase in curvature of the spine, especially in kids. This can lead to early onset arthritis and decreased lung capacity.
I see so many kids with horrible posture from staring at their phones 24/7. So many of them complain of aches and ailments, and many of then can be fixed just by practicing "perfect posture".
With a few, simple adjustments you can be proactive in preventing Text Neck:
- Practice perfect posture at all times, whether sitting or standing. Remember, you need to keep your ears in line with your shoulders. Pretend there is a wall behind you and the back of your head, your shoulders, your butt and if standing, your feet are up against that wall.
- Hold all your wireless devises up at face level.
There is an iphone app, created by a chiropractor, Dr. Dean Fishman, that will provide feedback as to how you are holding your device. It vibrates if it is slanted a certain way, the way it slants when it's held down. It serves as a reminder to hold all devices up at eye level. Personally I have never used it, but reviews are pretty good.
So Will comes into the kitchen while I'm writing this. His neck and back are "killing him". 90% of it is because I've been telling him all day to fix your posture! I make him do what I call 'The Butterfly" and record it. When we were done, he felt better.
Try the video below, it fixes neck and upper back pain. Do all moves as a series and repeat up to 10x. Breathe on all exertions. Breathe in at start of stretch and breathe out on stretch. Remember to bring your body weight back and align head, shoulders, back and butt with the "wall" behind you!