What no one tells you about your cell phone
How many times a day are you looking at your phone? How are you looking at it right now? Looking down at it? Most of us assume this posture on a daily basis, many times a day. You may not realize that this is putting repetitive strain on your neck and could lead to “tech neck.”
The human head weighs about 10-12 pounds, but when tilted to look down at the phone, it can apply around 60 pounds of force directly to your neck.
The result is damage to the muscles, tendons, ligaments and joints in the neck that can be mild at first but become more severe over time.
A few symptoms of tech neck could include:
- Aching in the neck, shoulders and upper back
- Stiffness and reduced mobility in the neck
- Numbness or tingling in arms or hands due to nerve inflammation
- Jaw Pain
It may feel funny but by bringing your phone up to eye level when looking at it, you can help to reduce this pressure on your neck and keep your spine in better alignment.
You can also pay more attention to stretching your neck, shoulders and back if you notice you have been hunched over the phone for a while.
Finally, improving your overall posture when you sit and stand can also help to improve or prevent symptoms of tech neck.