Now more than ever before, adults are experiencing unhealthy spinal curvature and neck stress due to texting and hovering over wireless devices. The average human head weighs about 11 pounds and as the neck bends forwards and down, the weight on the spine begins to increase. It is said that for every inch the head tilts forward, the pressure on the spine doubles.
A simple tip for smartphone users is to look at your device with your eyes without bending your neck. Be aware that serious damage can result from ‘text neck’ and if left untreated can cause spinal misalignment and disc degeneration, onset of early arthritis and nerve damage.
Sometimes neck pain may be an emergency – for example, after a bad accident or fall, or in someone breathless or sweating, or who has a headache or fever.
Fortunately, however, most neck pain is due to a simple strain or sprain. Your neck is a network of muscles, tendons, ligaments and discs which provide a magic combo – support with flexibility. Unfortunately, these tissues can be injured by whiplash, poor posture, or even a rash move at Zumba.
Often, simple ice or heat applications, OTC painkillers and a brief rest will work wonders. But if after a while you’re wondering where the wonders are, don’t despair we deal with these kind of injuries all the time.
However if your pain is unrelenting or worsens at night, or you have tingling, numbness or weakness in a limb, loss of bladder or bowel control, or other symptoms, please see a specalist asap. Sometimes neck pain indicates pressure on the spinal cord or other serious conditions – so always play it safe.