It has been told that you can injure your thumb (by excessive use of it) thru texting. But did you know that you can injure your neck as well?
How is this possible? You can injure your neck through improper posture by staying in a drooping position for long periods of time while viewing a mobile device.
This type of injury is called “Text Neck”and heatlh expert Dr Oz explained this in one of his shows.
Dr Oz says that the head weights approximately 10 pounds while you are standing straight. When your head is off kilt or when it’s leaning forward it can bring up to 100 pounds of strain to the neck at its lowest angle.
When you’re stressed the tendency is usually to droop or bring your head down. This is the same drooping posture that contributes to “text neck”. Here’s what he advises if you have already suffered from this injury.
Prepare a cold pack and a warm pack then put the cold pack on the back of the neck then the warm pack on the chest. The result is a push and pull effect that will help keep the neck and your head back in its straight proper alignment while lessening the pain. “Anaesthesia on the spine (soothes the spine) and relaxes the check” Dr Oz adds.
During bedtime, use a feather pillow. Roll up a towel then put it in the pillowcase. Lie down face up then rest your head on the pillow and align your neck on the part of the pillowcase with the rolled up towel.
An ounce of prevention is better than a pound of cure.
If you want to avoid “text neck” then simply improve your posture. So the next time you text or view your celphone try raising it at a good angle so that you are looking at it with your head in a much straighter position. You neck will surely thank you for it.
Belina Calderon-Nernberg is the CEO and founder of 1Heart Caregiver Services. Recently offering 1Heart franchise business opportunities to the public, Belina provided the vision, leadership, and direction that the company needed to achieve its goal of making a positive difference in the homecare industry. As her greatest accomplishment, the company is now equipped with the expertise to expand its business operations to different States in the U.S. Belina brings with her a corporate experience of 25 years, with 15 solid years of experience as CEO of an employment agency and a senior care service company in Southern California. Belina has a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from the University of St. La Salle, Philippines. She has been the recipient of several awards given to emerging leaders in business, community service, arts, and entertainment. She has also been honored as an Ambassador of Goodwill by the HiFi (Historic Filipinotown) Neighborhood Council. This title is bestowed to carefully selected Filipino-Americans who are persons of integrity who have the ability “to promote, reach out, influence and mobilize public interest and support of the ideals, values, principles, and programs of the Historic Filipinotown.