If you're reading this right now, you already know: staring at a computer screen or a smartphone can be a real pain in the neck. Literally. The way we're always slouched over, head way in front of our shoulders ... it's not good. In fact, it's dangerous. More and more people are seeking medical attention for what some physical therapists are calling Text Neck.
It's when, um, your neck hurts from texting.
God, we really are pathetic, aren't we.
How lame is that? Text Neck. It's like the stupider, backwoods cousin of tingly leg syndrome, or whatever the hell that thing's called. Restless leg? I don't know. All I know is that our legs are spasmodic, our necks are tired from holding our fat heads up, and we're all dying from sitting.
Life is great.
But! There are things we can do to avoid Text Neck, which should really be called Tech Neck, since you can get it from enjoying all different types of technology, not just texting. Too much hunching over the computer keyboard, too much gaming, too much iPading -- it all causes our heads to roll forward, past our shoulders, putting stress all the way down our spines.
Physical therapists recommend getting up frequently and taking breaks. Apparently this thing called "walking around" is kind of beneficial. And there are neck strengthening exercises, too. Don't forget that core work, either -- the stronger your middle, the less work your back has to do to hold that slouched head of yours in place.
It all sounds trivial -- sit up straight! put both feet on the floor! -- but as someone who inexplicably slipped two discs in her lower back in her 20s, I implore you to heed the advice. It wasn't eight months after I began a career where I was sitting all day, typing at a computer, when my injury occurred.
So, you there! Sit up straight! Trust me, it's worth it.
Do you suffer from Text Neck pains?
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