Is your Smart Phone bad for you?
Our mobile devices are a modern convenience for our busy lives. We can connect with millions of people at a touch of our fingertips. However, with all the convenience, there comes a disadvantage to our health.
As more and more people adopt smart phones and tablets we enter the era of a Text Neck Epidemic. The overuse of these devices affects all ages, races, sexes, social classes, EVERYBODY!
Text neck results in a harmful physical condition that puts pressure on your cervical spine and severely reduces nerve impulses to the rest of your body.
This is a real health condition that degenerates the cervical spine from repeated stress of forward head flexion while looking down at the screen of your mobile device for long periods.
Americans spend an average of 2.7 hours per day communicating on their mobile devices and even more hours per day browsing the Internet and using apps.
Looking down at your screens repeatedly for hours a day will physically change your cervical spine by affecting the curve, ligaments, tendons, muscles, vertebrae, and discs in the neck. A postural change will become noticeable over time.
Patients often complain of pain in the neck, shoulders, back, arms, elbows, wrists, and fingers. They also complain of headaches and numbness/tingling in their upper extremities.
If we leave this trend untreated it can lead to serious and permanent damage such as:
- Spinal degeneration
- Spinal misalignment
- Disc herniation
- Disc compression
- Muscle damage
- Nerve damage
- Gastrointestinal Problems
- Decrease in Lung volume capacity