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Neck Pain From Texting

Neck Pain From Texting

Texting can result in neck pain unless you bring a conscious awareness to your posture and make adjustments. Understand how neck pain is caused and use these helpful tips as preventative measures.

Head Angles Increase Weight on Neck

Head Angles Increase Head Weight

The head weighs about 12 pounds when it is in a normal position over the body, and there is no angulation forward. The weight on the neck increases to 27 pounds when the head is bent forward by 15 degrees. The weight on the neck increases to 40 pounds when the head is bent forward by 30 degrees. The weight on the neck increases to 49 pounds when the head is bent forward by 45 degrees. The weight on the neck increases to 60 pounds when the head is bent forward by 60 degrees.

Pain Points From Texting

Problems That Text Neck Can Cause

  1. headaches
  2. neck pain
  3. arm pain
  4. jaw pain
  5. face pain
  6. ear pain
  7. upper back pain
  8. disc compression
  9. disc degeneration

Device Tips to Prevent Text Neck

Position desktop & laptop computer monitors at eye level. Keep handheld devices just below eye level. Look down with your eyes. Don’t flex your head & neck down! Maintain an upright posture whenever using technology.

Take Work Breaks to Move Neck

Get Moving On Work Breaks

Take breaks every 20 minutes from computer work. Stand up and stretch, or go for a short walk. Spend 10 minutes each day stretching your neck, back, and chest.

Chin Jutting And Neck Pain

Chin Jutting Is Bad For Head Support

Keep your chin back. Don’t jut it forward! Bringing the shoulders down from the ears helps elongate the neck when you bring the chin back.

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References

Source Data: Hansraj, KK. Assessment of stresses in the cervical spine caused by posture and position of the head. Surg Technol Int. 2014 Nov;25:277-9.
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25393825

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