New technology can certainly make our lives much easier. It can make our daily activities quicker, more efficient and also more exciting. With the invention of cell phones, tablets and Ipads, one can be entertained as well as communicate with others virtually anywhere on the planet. But are there health risks to using these types of gadgets? The quick answer is “yes, there are.” One such risk is the development of a newer medical condition known as “text neck.” This refers to neck pain caused by texting on your cell phone. While texting can be easier and less time consuming than placing a call, is not without its risks.
When people use their cell phones to write text messages, typically their phone is at waist level and their head is hung forward. This places a lot of strain on the muscles that hold the head upright. This may lead to neck pain and headaches. Over time, this will damage the normal posture of the neck, leading to chronic problems. One such chronic problem is more wear and tear on the neck joints, also known as arthritis.
While this activity shouldn’t be problematic if done infrequently, it can be quite bothersome if done for extended periods of time. The population that I see texting the most is teenagers, sometimes texting for hours a day. I fear the type of neck related issues they will have years down the road. I have comprised a list of “text neck“ tips to help you diminish the problems listed above: