You walk down the halls at school, the mall and the street. Everywhere we look are people are looking down, engaged with the phones in their hands. The constant downward gaze places stress on the neck. With repetitiveness, this posture can cause strain to deep muscles of the neck and change the natural curve of your cervical spine. More and more chiropractors are adjusting patients experiencing neck pain, headaches, and other related symptoms.
Why does looking down constantly at your phone effect your neck? For each degree of flexion created in your cervical spine, the weight of strain on the tissues of your neck increases as well. This would be like having a 60 lbs dumbbell hanging around your neck for most of the day! No wonder your neck hurts!
Perform exercises to help with posture such as chin tucks:
1. Push your head backward as far as it will go, but maintain your face in a forward direction. You will feel a stretch in the back of your neck and a sense of "crowding" your throat in front.
2. Hold the position for 1-2 seconds and then release, allowing your head to return to neutral.
3. Repeat that movement 8-10 times and perform 3-4 such sessions each day
Be aware of your posture. Recognize when your head is moving forward. Bring your phone to your face instead of your face to your phone.