Chiropractors worried about constant smartphone use causing 'text neck'

Chiropractors worried about constant smartphone use causing 'text neck'
Canadian chiropractors are getting worried about a condition that more and more new patients are coming in with. Called "text neck," the injury takes place when a person is continuously looking down at his or her smartphone. With smartphone usage at an all time high in the country, text neck is affecting many people in all age groups, and most of those afflicted don't even know that it is happening.

According to a chiropractor by the name of Dr. Krista Revenberg, every time you tilt your head down toward your smartphone, 66 pounds of pressure is applied to your spine. Text neck "can lead to pain and chronic tissue tightness," Dr. Revenberg says. When the Pokemon Go craze started this past summer, waiting rooms at chiropractor offices were filling up with younger people carrying a smartphone instead of the typical older patient wielding a cane.

Apparently, there are some things you can do to prevent text neck from affecting you. One rule, dubbed the "20-20-20" suggests that you look 20 feet ahead for 20 seconds every 20 minutes that you use your phone. Take breaks from using your phone every once in a while, and stretching also will help you from getting hurt.

While text neck isn't fatal, it can lead to chronic pain. Despite this possibility, there are quite a few smartphone users like Rahul Kumar. A 22-year old attending the University of Windsor, Kumar says that when he uses his phone for more than 2 1/2 hours, he gets pain in his neck. "It really irritates, but we can't do anything. It's important to text in this modern world."

source: CBC via Mobile Syrup

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11 Comments

1. Arch_Fiend

Posts: 3951; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

So that's what I have "Text Neck" lol except it's more like Gaming Neck.

4. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4769; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

I have all sorts, haha...text neck, gaming shoulder (when I lay on the side and play), phone back (when I'm facing down on the bed and using the phone so as my back is curved and my head up). Man, these positions are sounding more like positions people use else where. More like, "Phonasutra" XD

5. Arch_Fiend

Posts: 3951; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

LOL I have all of those as well.

2. BradyCrack

Posts: 835; Member since: Dec 29, 2015

Not only do I have "text neck" but I also have a very sore left hand.

6. Planterz

Posts: 2120; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

Giggity.

3. Krjal

Posts: 439; Member since: Dec 19, 2013

I'm more worried about chiropractors being taken seriously. Physiotherapists spend half their time fixing the damage chiropractors do. maybe take some advice from them instead :p

8. xondk

Posts: 1904; Member since: Mar 25, 2014

Licensed chiropractors should be taken serious, a licensed person wouldn't work on something that would only make a thing worse, the real one's can do a lot of good.

13. JC557

Posts: 1925; Member since: Dec 07, 2011

I think this sums it up the best and maybe you would do best with a little less ignorance (yeah I know the source isn't the best but there plenty of others out there but then this would become a rather long post)http://www.platinumphysio.co.uk/physiotherapy-or-chiropractor/

7. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

First time I heard the word chiropractor, I thought it was a dinosaur.

10. XperiaG

Posts: 178; Member since: Jun 06, 2016

"It really irritates, but we can't do anything. It's important to text in this modern world" hahaha for real? so in this modern world it is more important to text that your health? smh

12. Brewski

Posts: 730; Member since: Jun 05, 2012

Does anyone remember 'taco neck syndrome' (TNS) with Shaq? This reminds me of that.

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