Protect Your Neck!

A public service from DoStrength!

 

At DoStrength, we are embarking on a crusade to stop Text Neck in its tracks!

 

Here are links to all the resources you need to combat text neck:

Follow-along videos of the 4 most important exercises you can do anywhere and any time.
Print a Text Neck Exercise Guide
Portable ‘Posture Packs’ with all the tools you need to supercharge your posture.
Bring DoStrength into your office for a lunch-and-learn Text Neck workshop.


What is Text Neck, and why do we need to take back posture control from our mobile devices?


I was recently made aware of a new study that shows the ruinous effect staring down at our cell phones has on our bodies, particularly our neck and upper back. We have known for a long time the negative effects of a head-forward posture, and now with the explosion of the smartphone, this problem is about to get worse… unless we do something about it!

 

Here’s a graphic that shows the amount of pressure on the cervical spine when we drop our heads to look at a phone:

For some perspective, a 60 degree head-forward-posture is like carrying a seven year-old around your neck every time you look at your phone!


This has even spawned a new term, ‘text neck’ to describe this effect of the widespread overuse of handheld devices!

A few of the harmful side-effects of this include:

  • Upper back pain ranging from a chronic, nagging pain to sharp, severe upper back muscle spasms.
  • Shoulder pain and tightness, possibly resulting in painful shoulder muscle spasm. 
  • If a cervical nerve becomes pinched, pain and possibly neurological symptoms can radiate down your arm and into your hand.
  • A permanent hump in the upper back, known as a ‘dowagers hump’ most often seen in people past middle age, yet now found in children as young as SEVEN!!! 
  • Emotional and behavioural changes, leading to anxiety and depression.
  • Resting the chin on the chest stretches the spinal cord and brain stem, affecting respiration, heart rate, and blood pressure. 
The fact is, we now spend an average of 2 – 4 hours a day with our heads tilted over, reading and texting (700 – 1400 hours a year).  Add this to the reading we already do, coupled with poor posture in front of the computer (especially laptops), and we are facing an epidemic of health issues!

 

But, we can do something about this.  It’s as simple as following the recommendations found in the study:“While it is nearly impossible to avoid the technologies that cause these issues, individuals should make an effort to look at their phones with a neutral spine and to avoid spending hours each day hunched over.”

Add some specific posture-strengthening exercises to the mix, and you’ll have all you need to protect your neck!


This is more like it!

As you can see in the image above, it actually looks better when we have good posture while using the phone.

Additionally:

“Amy Cuddy and associates, showed that people with high-power (neutral spine) posture experienced elevations in testosterone, increases in serotonin, decreases in cortisol, and increased feelings of power and tolerance for risk taking. Those with low-power (rounded spine) posture exhibited the opposite pattern.”

Clearly, proper posture is the way to go for a stronger, healthier, and happier life!!!

Here are links to all the resources you need to combat text neck:
Follow-along videos of the 4 most important exercises you can do anywhere and any time.
Print a Text Neck Exercise Guide
Portable ‘Posture Packs’ with all the tools you need to supercharge your posture.
Bring DoStrength into your office for a lunch-and-learn Text Neck workshop.