"Text neck" is fast becoming part of the lexicon within the medical field and refers to a condition in which poor posture as a result of incessantly looking down at your iphone causes chronic neck strain. Young people are most affected by this condition since they exhibit poor posture from constantly looking down at their iphone while texting. This is a real concern among chiropractors and physical therapists because your neck is not designed to handle the dramatic increase in loading placed upon it when tilted forwards for long periods of time. The weight your neck must endure may increase about 50 lbs from a neutral posture to a 45-degree angle. Excessive loading may cause nerve impingement within the brachial plexus of your shoulder which can cause numbness the entire length of your arm.
What is the treatment for text neck? Here are several options:
Brian Danley, CFT
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