Text Neck Posture causing Headaches and Neck Pain
Did you know that looking down at your phone while texting can cause dramatic health effects to your body including neck pain and Headaches?
Text neck is the condition of looking down at your phone for prolonged periods of time, utterly mindless of your postural presentation. We’ve all seen it, and we’re all probably likely guilty of it. However, many of us didn’t realise that merely looking down at our phones is associated with headaches, with neck pain, with respiration inefficiencies, and even jaw pain.
Why think about posture when you’re thinking about texting or checking your social media pages?
Because you can’t afford not to. Your health is on the line. With the era of technology come many conveniences. We’re globally connected via small devices that literally fit in our pockets. Apps replace personal assistants, cameras are extinct, and we walk around with a thousand songs in our pockets. And yet, as smartphones get smarter, our posture gets weaker.
The biologic sustainability of human beings is declining at the speed of technology.
By looking down to check your phone and flexing the neck forward, the amount of pressure on the spine literally multiplies. The neck supports the head while protecting the integrity of the spinal cord. With the optimal postural presentation, the cervical (neck) spine maintains an anterior lordotic curve (curvature of the neck) to support the weight of the head, which on average weighs about 10 pounds.
As the neck flexes forward, the cervical curve is diminished, and the weight of the head dramatically increases.
In 2015, a researcher evaluated that the amount of pressure on the cervical spine when the neck is bent forward at varying degrees … He concluded that, as the head tilts forward by 15 degrees, the weight of the head increases from 10 to 12 pounds, which is standard, up to 27 pounds.
As the head tilts forward by 30 degrees, the head weight is increased to 40 pounds. Then at 45 degrees, the tilt of the head weighs 49 pounds.
At a forward head tilt of 60 degrees, the weight of the head is now 60 pounds, six times the amount of regular pressure.
This is a tremendous amount of unnecessary pressure on the posture system, but it’s become the societal norm.
According to Hansraj, in 2015, people spend, on average, two to four hours per day on their phone with significant forward head posture. He states that in proper postural alignment, spinal stress is diminished. Forward head posture, posture, is the culprit of many common symptoms that patient presents with on a daily basis.
Headaches and neck pain are prevalent in our society, and very often are directly related.
In fact, approximately 50% of the population suffers from cervical spine pain or headaches. 70% of clients who present with headaches also demonstrate cervical dysfunction. Watson and Trott, in 1993, performed a research study concluding that patients who present with cervicogenic headaches displayed a significantly more prevalent occurrence of forward head posture. Also, it was noted that clients who present with forward head posture and have associated headaches also present with isometric weakness of the upper cervical neck flexors.
Postural correction of the cervical spine is indicated as a treatment method for text neck, as well as for headaches.
The correction of forward head posture can transform the quality of life. This is a complex condition that requires complex attention.
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