If you're like most people, you can't imagine a day without your phone, tablet or iPod. And while there are lots of situations where these devices are essential, there's also the unfortunate side effects to consider. Spending so much time holding a phone in front of your face and craning to look down at it, for example, could have some serious potential side effects after a while.
One study, which recently appeared in Spine Journal, referred to the condition known as "text neck" as an "epidemic." As the name implies, this is the condition that comes from angling the neck downward, distorting the posture to get a better look at a phone screen. This could be dangerous because it strains your upper back and neck.
How can you use your phone and avoid this pain? Here are a few suggestions:
- Change your posture: It can be hard to break old habits, but training yourself to sit up properly and keep the phone at your eyeline could lower your risk considerably. You might also want to use a headset to free up your hands altogether.
- Limit yourself: This might be even harder than changing your posture! All joking aside, taking breaks from your phone to walk around and stretch without it will force you to shift out of "text neck" position, and that could almost certainly be a good thing on its own. You can also try uninstalling certain features on your phone so you aren't so reliant on it.
- Seek out a professional: Only a real care provider will be able to tell for sure if your pain needs serious treatment. Contact someone who can both give you the initial help you need and some further guidance through different processes.
Visit Bronston Chiropractic and/or Community Care Clinic (the Medical Division of Bronston Clinics) for more tips.