A New Kind of Neck Pain | Text Neck
Technology, technology, technology. The amount of time we spend with our heads bent down looking at devices is only growing by the day. The amount of time we spend looking at our phones, scrolling through email, Facebook, Instagram and such is staggering. According to the last stats we checked, the average person spent 153 minutes on social platforms per day, and these were 2019 numbers. Yikes! That’s over 2 1/2 hours per day.
Let’s talk a bit about physics. When you are looking straight ahead, your head weighs 10-15 pounds. However, every inch that the head moves forward puts you in a stressed position.
According to Dr. Kenneth K. Hansraj, tilting the head forward just:
- 15 degrees can increase the force on the neck to 27 pounds
- 30 degress can increase the force on the neck to 40 pounds
- 45 degrees can increase the force on the neck to 49 pounds
- 60 degress can increase the force on the neck to 60 pounds
In this example, the head weighed 12 pounds when looking straight ahead. So, the amount of stress on the spine increases astonomically thanks to the forces of gravity when you look down. Next time you are on your phone, tablet or laptop, remember to bring your device up to eye level instead of slouching and bending your head and neck downwards.
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