Neck Pain in Peoria
Did you know that the human head weighs approximately twelve pounds? Sometimes we forget that our neck is continuously supporting a substantial amount of weight. As we bend our necks down and forward, it increases the amount of weight we’re putting on the spine. Bending at just a fifteen-degree angle means an extra twenty-seven pounds. When your neck is at a sixty-degree angle, your spine has to hold sixty pounds of weight!
Now that smart phones and tablets have become widely popular, it’s important that we take a closer look at the effects that these devices are having on the human body. Research is coming out next month that shows that “text neck” may lead to extra wear and tear on your spine which can lead to degeneration and even surgery to correct it. In an interview with the Washington Post, The chief of spine surgery at the NY Spine Surgery and Rehabilitation Medicine explained that “text-neck” is not an epidemic. In fact, it’s extremely common. Take a look around, he says, everywhere you look people have their heads down.
On average, users of smartphones spend anywhere from two to four hours a day slouched over, sending texts, and browsing the internet on their handheld devices. That’s up to fourteen hundred hours a year of extra stress on the spine.
Tom DiAngelis, who is the president of the American Physical Therapy Association’s Private Practice Section explained to CNN a year ago that it’s like holding your bent finger back for an hour. If you stretch out the tissue for a long time, it will get sore and inflamed, he explained. This can also cause herniated disks, pinched nerves and muscle strain. Over time – it may even decrease the natural curve of the neck.
For fifty-eight percent of smartphone owners, this is a real risk.
Last year, Michelle Collie, the doctor who is at the head of Performance Physical Therapy located in Rhode Island, explained to CNN that she began seeing patients with this type of back and neck pain about six years ago.
Of course, bad posture can also lead to different problems. Lung capacity could be reduced by up to thirty percent. Bad posture has also been linked to headaches, heart disease and depression.
To minimize the amount of stress you’re putting on your neck, it’s important to remember to bring your phone to your eyes, and not vice versa. If you’re experiencing neck pain, call Peoria Chiropractor Justin Tuttle today for a free consultation. (309) 693-9200