And we thought the PC generation was bad! Now we are seeing a new postural problem:
Emerging….the texting neck! Everyone who has a child with a phone will understand this phenomenom. The moment they get a phone, they stop looking around at the world and spend hours looking down at their phones in their hands. Texting, Instagram, Facebook, Snapchat….your new way of communicating. But let’s not be too judgemental, we all seem to be at it. Just look around you in a restaurant, or on a train or along the high street. We are all glued to our phones. This is an extreme postural change in the making. Do you know that your head weighs approximately 5kg? How long can you stand holding a 5kg weight close to your body? Quite a long time probably. Now try stand while holding the 5kg weight out in front of you. Not quite so easy this time. This is what is happening to us when we are regularly texting with our head bent forward. We are giving ourselves a forward head posture. Now, instead of the head balancing nicely on the the spine, it is practically being held on by the neck muscles. This places extreme strain on the muscles and joints of the neck and can cause cervicogenic headaches, neck pain and even neurological deficits such as pins and needles or numbness down the arms.
Start making changes now so you don’t get a TEXTING NECK!