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Heads Up: Are You Developing “Text Neck”?

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  • Repeatedly bending your head forward to operate a smartphone or other device may be damaging your spine and its supporting tissues, a problem some are referring to as “text neck”
  • Poor posture can result in neck pain, headaches, early degenerative disc disease, depression, and several other serious health problems
  • Getting up and moving more throughout the day will help reduce postural problems, as well as decreasing the damage done by excessive sitting

Billions of people now walk around hunched over their smartphones. The hazards of texting include motor vehicle accidents, exposure to EMFs, and walking into fountains—but here's a new one to add to the list: "text neck."

New York spine surgeon Kenneth Hansraj performed a study to assess the incremental effects of a forward-tilted head posture on your cervical spine. His conclusions, published in Surgical Technology International in November 2014, have attracted significant media attentinbson.


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