Text neck: A world problem and what you can do about your posture

Billions of people are using smart phones and electronic devices throughout the world, essentially in poor posture. People spend an average of two to four hours a day with their heads tilted over reading and texting on their smart phones and devices.

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Cumulatively this is 700 to 1,400 hours a year of excess stresses seen around the cervical spine. It is possible that a high school student today may spend an extra 5,000 hours in poor posture in the four years of high school. People of all ages are “heads down.” Walking, driving, working and especially when spending time with their friends and family.

The Solution: KEEP YOUR HEAD UP!! When you are on your smart device, just keep your head up!! Your eyeballs have a range of motion as well. Look down with your eyes and raise the device up a bit!! 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. Good posture is when you bring your ears above your shoulders and open up your chest by retracting your angel wings = your scapula. Take home message: be mindful of where your head is in space.

Internationally Best-Selling Author and Spinal Surgeon Dr. Ken Hansraj 

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