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Text Neck: Remedies and Prevention

“Sit up straight!” How many times have we heard these words? How many memes do we see circling the internet about our cell phone heavy population staring at their screens, necks cricked at impossible angles so that they can button-jam the latest mobile game or hit that Like button over and over again? And how many of you, dear readers, just sat up a little straighter while reading this? According to the Text-Neck Institute (2017), there are over 4 billion mobile phones in the world. Americans alone spend an average of 2.7 hours per day communicating and socializing on their phones. That is over 985 hours spent staring at a cell phone screen each year, often with the neck held at an uncomfortable angle for best screen visibility. The impact of hours spent at awkward angles is beginning to show in our society, leading to an increase in young people visiting doctors and chiropractors with complaints of neck pain, migraines, and headaches. The diagnosis? Text Neck. Text Neck is a new diagnosis, coming hot on the heels of the digital age. As individuals stare at their cell phones, tablets, handheld gaming systems, and other devices they flex the neck forward, looking down into their hands. This range of motion can lead to spinal degeneration, muscle damage, nerve damage, arthritis, spinal misalignment, and flattening of the spinal curve. In short, Text Neck leads to pain and long lasting complications, particularly if left untreated.   How to Avoid Text Neck Good posture is the primary means of avoiding Text Neck and many other posture related illnesses. Posture, in and of itself,...