You may not even realize it, but your cell phone could be the cause of your back pain. Often, when we use these devices, we hang our necks and hunch over. That position can put us in a lot of discomfort.
"Typically, incidence of neck pain increases with age," Robert Bolash, a pain specialist at Cleveland Clinic said in an article for the health organization. "But today we're seeing and treating more patients – younger patients – who never reported neck pain before."
How can you adjust your cell phone use so you don't become a victim of "text neck"? Here are some tips:
1. Reduce your usage
The simplest way to avoid this kind of pain is to just use your cell phone less. If you find yourself reaching for your device when you're bored, opt for physical activity instead, which will have the opposite effect on your back and neck muscles!
2. Level your device
The average head weighs between 10 and 12 pounds, so when you lower your neck to look at your phone, you're putting a lot of strain on the muscles. If you need to use your phone a lot, make sure to hold it at eye level so you don't need to bend your neck.
3. Control your posture
The more conscious you are of your posture, the more likely you are to correct it. Even when you aren't using your phone, work to straighten your spine and keep your head pointed forward.
If you're experiencing back pain after using your cell phone, schedule an appointment with a professional chiropractor today.