Do you have text neck?

November 20, 2014 admin No comments

(Picture: Dr. Ken Hansraj)

Forces of up to 27kg can be exerted on the spine when texting (Picture: Dr. Ken Hansraj)

If you’re one of those people who spends much of your day staring at your iPhone screen, this may be of interest.

Bending your head to text or browse your mobile phone puts the equivalent weight of four bowling balls on your spine, a study has found.

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Dr. Ken Hansraj, a spinal and orthopedic surgeon in Poughkeepsie, New York, found that the adult head only weighs around 12lbs (5.4kg) when upright.

But the force exerted on the spine can surge to up to 60lb (27kg) when the head is tilted forward by 60 degrees – as it often is when looking at a mobile phone – leading to ‘early wear, tear, degeneration and possibly surgeries.’

(Picture: REX Features)

Dr. Hansraj advises looking at your phone with your eyes rather than moving your head (Picture: REX Features)

‘You can call it an epidemic. Wherever you go, just look around: people are heads down into their phones, especially teenagers,’ Dr. Hansraj told TODAY.

‘I’m not against technology. My message is really simple: just be cognisant of where your head is in space.’

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Dr. Hansraj advises you to look with your eyes, rather than moving your head, when using your phone, and advises manual resistance exercises for the neck to keep it limber and strong.

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