Dr. Jeff joins Jeanne Sparrow and Melissa Forman on WCIU’s You and Me This Morning to discuss “text neck”. This growing phenomenon is being caused by our constant use of smart phones. Most of us are unaware of the hunched over position we are in as we play around with our smart phones. This position causes flexion that will wear down this discs causing pain. This can travel from our necks into the shoulders, to the arms and can even cause headaches.
What can you do to avoid “text neck”?
- The key is to sit up straight at all times!
- Hold your smart phone at eye level. Instead of holding phone low forcing you to look downwards and be hunched over lift your phone up. When texting or playing on your smart phone you want to have it at eye level.
- Avoid texting with 2 hands because this will cause stress on your shoulders. The correct way to text is:
- Hold you phone eye level with one hand.
- Place your other hand under your arm so that it is supporting your other arm.
- It is important for the upper arm to be relaxed.
- Switch hands every so often.
- Don’t allow your head to lay forward & down this will cause the discs to load. Keep your head up and chin back i.e. chicken neck.
If your neck and back problems are being caused only from excess strain caused by text neck, changing your habits can help. However, if you are having some serious disc problems, then you should consider Illinois Back Institute's functional disc rehydration therapy. This revolutionary treatment helps to guide vital nutrients and oxygen to the nucleus of the afflicted disc or discs by taking pressure off of them. In the meantime, the supporting muscles are strengthened and reactivated to help the spine become stable once again, while also eliminating tissue stress.