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How Tech Neck/Texting Neck Affects Your Spine

woman textingTexting: It’s just a harmless, fun, and fast way to stay in touch with friends and family.  You get so many texts on a daily basis, you hardly think twice when you bend your head over your smartphone, furiously typing your answer back.
But did you know that this seemingly innocuous habit could be one of the biggest causes of your neck and back pain?
According to an article published in Surgical Technology International, the average person juts their head forward between 15 to 60 degrees to read and respond to texts on a phone.  The amount of force exerted on the neck is surprising: if you bend your head down by 15 degrees, you’re putting 27 pounds of pressure on your neck.  At the opposite end of the spectrum, you’re placing a whopping 60 pounds of pressure on your neck if you’re bending your head by sixty degrees.
To put that in perspective, that’s the average weight of an eight-year-old.  And if you’re texting non-stop – well, you might as well just give piggyback rides at the playground.
Think you don’t text much?  Think again: The average American spends about an hour on their smartphones each day.  Whether it’s texting friends or reading an article on the train to work, this constant activity can add up to serious neck and back pain.

Texting Hurts Spine
Photo from Kenneth K. Hansraj, MD, Chief of Spine Surgery , New York Spine Surgery & Rehabilitation Medicine

So how can you reduce the amount of pressure you exert on your neck?

  • Limit the amount of time you spend on your smartphone. Designate certain times of the day for responding to texts.  Minimize these times as much as possible, as this can help reduce the amount of pressure on your neck.
  • Hold your phone up more toward your face. If you hold it at eye level, you can reduce the amount of pressure on your neck.
  • Strengthen your back and neck muscles. Get 30 minutes of cardio activity each day, followed by light strength training.

In addition to these tips, you can visit www.PosturePump.com.

Posture Pump® is an online retail leader specializing in neck and back-related pain productsPosture Pump® products are designed to decompress, shape, and lubricate the spine, which can help alleviate the symptoms caused by neck and back conditions.  With all the Texting, Smartphone, Gaming and Computer Use happening on a daily basis, Hunched Posture, Chronic Headaches, and Spinal Degenerative Changes Common in the Elderly, are NOW seen early in life! Help Counteract the Harmful and Damaging Effects of Tech Neck/Texting Neck with Posture Pump®!

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