Admit it. You are attached to your smart phone. That’s okay— so are we. In fact, there is a study out there that reports 79% of people between the ages of 18-44 have their phones with them 22 hours a day! I bet in Newport Beach, where we only take breaks to charge up our devices, that number is closer to 24 hours a day…

What’s not okay is the toll it’s taking on your body. We are not talking about increased insomnia or eye fatigue, though those are legitimate concerns. We are referring to a serious physical ailment known as Text Neck.

Text Neck is not a new phenomenon. It is formally known as Forward Head Posture (FHP), and chiropractors have been effectively treating it for generations. The reason for the re-branding of the condition as “Text Neck” is due to the poor posture newly diagnosed patients assume while they are texting. Perhaps the most alarming fact is the condition is occurring more frequently in younger people, particularly teenagers.

Since we know we are not going to convince you to put your phone down, we are going to try and scare you straight, pun intended! Take a look at this:

Wow! 60 pounds?!? When you stand properly, your head weighs 10 pounds. 6 times the weight puts a lot of strain on your frame!

So, how do you know if you have Text Neck? Apart from experiencing pain associated with the condition, you can check to see if you have good posture by doing this simple Forward Head Posture Test:

If you determine that you have FHP, you will need to proactively address the situation. Even if you have good posture, it is still imperative to take action to maintain proper health. The following infographic has some great, simple exercises— as well as some good advice— to relieve the symptoms:

At Premier Chiropractic, we are very experienced and well versed in treating FHP. Regular spinal adjustments will ensure that your body is operating at peak performance levels. Text Neck or not, spinal health is absolutely essential for maintaining a healthy body and preventing other maladies from appearing. Rest assured knowing that we are always here for your chiropractic needs.

And since we cannot stress the importance of good posture enough, especially in the age of handheld computing, here’s a final reminder of proper standing and sitting postures: