Do you experience neck and/or back pain? Do you know someone that does? Spinal posture pain is becoming more and more prevalent now-a-days and there is controversy on whether it’s due to texting/gaming or simply a poor lifestyle.
Your head ways 12 pounds and the pressure put on your spinal column is quite substantial and rises the further you tip your head forward. According to New York spine surgeon Dr. Kenneth Hansraj, “Text neck may lead to early wear and tear on your spine and early spinal degeneration. As you repeatedly pull and stretch this area, it may become inflamed over time, which can result in muscle strain, pinched nerves, herniated discs, and abnormalities to your neck’s natural curvature.”
According to CTIA, The Wireless Association, “Smartphone users spend an average of two to four hours per day hunched over their devices, which amounts to 700 to 1,400 hours per year that they are exerting this stress on their spines. High schoolers may be even worse off, spending an additional 5,000 hours in this position.”
Some argue that we have been leaning over, reading book all our lives. What’s the difference now? Well, it’s the sedentary, inactive, stress filled lifestyle that a lot of are leading right now. Washington University neurosurgeon Ian Dorward argues, “The biomechanical forces on the spine and poor posture related to obesity and excessive sitting are a far more serious concern.”
The estimated amount of neck/back pain is substantially incrementing for children as well as adults. This can easily be due to our modern technological habits, but if we look at the whole picture, poor diet, inactivity, excessive sitting, and obesity is by far of greater importance and must be addressed.