An iPhone and a Pain in the Neck


Long before Apple Corporation’s iPhone was ever conceived, and before “caller ID” boxes adorned desktops next to land line telephones of various colors from Western Electric, surgeons were aware of proper posture for maximum health. In schools across America, this would likely qualify as a run-on sentence, albeit, with a purpose. Let’s perambulate.

It’s permissible to wonder whether Apple aficionados truly mourned the passing of company founder and designer Steve Jobs, or sublimated their obsessive compulsive behavior with endless texting. In the 50 United States laws should be in place to prevent drivers from texting . Period. Aside from the idiocy of drivers on the road texting, the ubiquitous iPhones, introduced in multiple models over the years bring forth another health concern.

Physical therapists have created a new name for headaches, neck spasms and aching shoulders that I felt compelled to share: “Text Neck.”

New York spine surgeon Kenneth Hansraj holds to linking these reports in his study that bending your head to look at your mobile hand-held device can place up to 60 pounds of pressure on your neck. His studies included adverse employment action at work involving postures at 15, 30, 45 and 90 degrees for subjects who were intent on checking their emails and text messages.

Shocking as it is, the average human head weighs 10 pounds in a neutral position — when your ears are over your shoulders. For every inch the head is tilted forward, the pressure on the user’s spine doubles. The long-term effects involves a matter of public concern for such moronic activity.

A remedy (non-moronic) is to take frequent breaks at 20-minute intervals and to stand up straight to allow oxygenation to increase, rather than decrease lung capacity. Put another way, texting can be productive but also unhealthy, depending on your neck position.

As for me, I rarely use my iPhone to text or email. Odd as it may seem, I use it as a telephone.


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