Hand held devices, from smartphones to tablet computers, are so widely used nowadays. The chances are that you’re reading this with your head forward, shoulders rounded, and back slumped.
But did you know that this position can cause seriously harmful and long-lasting symptoms?
The epidemic is known as “Text Neck” and can cause back and neck pain, tightness in the shoulders and chest, and headaches. With people spending an average of 5 hours per day looking at their phones, it’s not surprising to learn that this is becoming a real problem.
Forward head posture compresses and tightens the muscles, tendons and ligaments in the front of the neck, while lengthening the muscles, tendons and ligaments at the back of the neck. For every inch your head is tilted forward, the weight which your neck has to carry doubles. With the average human head weighing 10 pounds (or 4-5kg), this position puts a huge amount of added strain on your neck and spine.
So, how do we avoid developing “text neck”?
- Ease yourself out of adopting forward head posture by bringing your phone or tablet to eye level, taking the extra strain off your neck.
- Take technology breaks. As a minimum, aim to walk away from your phone for 5 minutes each hour. These conscious breaks can really make a difference, giving your neck a much-needed rest.
- Practice yoga or exercises centred around the back and neck. Yoga can increase the awareness you have of your body and movements and just 10 minutes a day can really help to improve your posture.
Used regularly, and combined with the tips above, GRAVITY can help combat the signs and symptoms of Text Neck. The system naturally takes your body out of a slouched position. It retrains you into better posture, which provides many benefits including more energy and a better functioning digestive system.