Condition of the Month: Text Neck

How much time do you spend on your phone or laptop each day?

Looking down at your phone or laptop all day can seriously injure your spine. As you look down, you are adding pressure to your spine. The average person's head weighs 10-12lbs. With each tilt forward, you are adding 10 lbs of pressure. Can you imagine an extra 20lbs hanging around your neck? As you look down at your phone, the extra weight is straining your upper cervical spine and creating radiating pain from your neck all the way down to your low back. The extra pressure can cause: headaches, back and neck pain, spinal disk compression, gastroenterological problems, and early onset arthritis. 

Stop the problem before it starts! Put your phone to the side, stretch your neck multiple times throughout the day, and limit sitting at a computer for long periods of time. If you have to sit at a desk all day, make sure you take time to stand up every half hour, stretch, and raise your computer to eye level. Little changes can make a BIG difference!

   Today is a great day to get your spine in line!