Is Text Neck Syndrome Worth It?


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Long before Apple Corporation’s iPhone was ever conceived and before “caller ID” boxes adorned desktops next to land line telephones, surgeons were well aware of proper posture for maximum health. It’s true.

Therefore it’s permissible for me to wonder whether Apple aficionados truly mourned the passing of the company founder and designer Steve Jobs, or sublimated their obsessive compulsive behavior with endless texting on the ubiquitous iPhones that have been introduced in multiple models over the years.

On the health front, physical therapists have created a name for headaches, neck spasms and aching shoulders: “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.

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


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