A DOCTOR IN INDIA HAS DISCOVERED THAT CONTINUED USE OF LOOKING DOWN ONTO MOBILE PHONES, TABLETS, LAPTOPS AND OTHER HAND-HELD DEVICES CAN CAUSE A NECK PROBLEM CALLED ‘TEXT NECK.’ IN THE U.S., PEOPLE ARE SPENDING ON AVERAGE 5 HOURS A DAY ON HANDHELD DEVICES AND LAPTOPS. THE WEIGHT OF THE BRAIN AVERAGES 4 TO 5 KG AND EVEN THAT SMALL AMOUNT OF WEIGHT CAN PUT EXCESS PRESSURE ON THE SPINE, MUSCLES, TENDONS AND LIGAMENTS IN THE NECK AND SHOULDERS. CONSISTENT USE OF THESE DEVICES WITH LOOKING DOWN WHEN USING CAN EVOLVE INTO SOME SERIOUS MEDICAL ISSUES. THE DOCTOR SPECIFIES THAT PEOPLE SHOULD HOLD HANDHELD DEVICES AT EYE LEVEL TO KEEP PRESSURE OFF OF THE NECK, TO TAKE FREQUENT BREAKS, GET UP AND WALK AROUND, GET SOME EXERCISE AND EXERCISE THE NECK. IF ANYONE ENCOUNTERS NECK PAIN, HEADACHES, AND/OR PAIN IN SHOULDERS WHEN USING A PHONE, TABLET, LAPTOP OR OTHER ELECTRONIC DEVICES, THEY SHOULD SEEK MEDICAL HELP AS SOON AS POSSIBLE, BEFORE A MORE SERIOUS ISSUE ARISES.
- If anyone owns a smart phone, tablet, or a laptop, there is a high likelihood that they suffer from text neck syndrome.
- Untreated ‘text neck’ can cause many chronic and painful conditions of the muscles and spine.
- Taking breaks, doing exercises for the neck, and generally increasing physical activity are good ways to prevent ‘text neck syndrome’
“The excessive usage and poor posture while using mobile devices and other tech-gadgets causes repetitive stress injury on the neck and spine. In simple terms, prolonged duration of bending over electronic gadgets causes text neck.”