Arif was interviewed by Radio Essex on Thursday morning about ‘Text Neck’.
This new phenomenon is caused by gadget addicts looking down at their phones and tablets for long periods which results in postural changes that can lead to serious problems.
However, if you are at risk of suffering the consequence of ‘Text Neck’ all is not lost as Arif reveals how you can ease the pain.
The extra capability for playing games and browsing the internet on smartphones means that they are tending to be used for longer periods. And unlike laptops, tablet are often placed flat on the lap, meaning users crane their neck over to view the screen.
The average human head weighs between 10lb and 12lb and flexing the neck at an angle makes it harder to support, raising the odds of pain and stiffness which can radiate down the shoulders, arms and wrists. Headaches and even arthritis can develop.
Arif says, “‘Text Neck’ can lead to arthritic degeneration if left untreated and anyone experiencing pain should be checked. Some people work on a computer, play on their mobile phones on their breaks, drive home and work on their computer and their phone again in the evening and that’s really unhealthy. We are not built to be sitting down hunched over screens. However, that is exactly what people are doing with their necks. If people continue to put their necks into these positions, the body will gradually adapt to the stresses. Because the head and neck move forwards, it will eventually lead to a reversal of the natural curve of the neck.
Postural changes will then occur, which can lead to serious problems.”
Arif reveals how to ease texting pain.
1) Take regular breaks from texting
2) Look straight ahead every few minutes; pull the chin back into the neck and hold that position for a few seconds.
3) Rotate your shoulders while keeping your arms by your sides
4) Sit up straight every time you text
5) Put the phone a little higher when texting.