Did you know that your smartphone is giving you a hunchback? Yes, you better believe it! As more and more people are suffering from this, we will learn what the symptoms are and how can we protect ourselves from getting a neck hump.
For people with the neck curved backward, specialists have noticed that, after using smartphones and tablets intensively, this curvature of the spine is reversed. However, for the people that don’t suffer from spine anomalies, the curve of the spine increases, thus forming a hunchback.
The syndrome was called text neck or smartphone neck hump. The age at which it appears has started to decrease more and more and is most common in children and young people, with ages between 8-18 years. Deviations occur practically when the bone system is still forming.
The first signs of this condition are pains in the neck and on the upper back area. Along with a sedentary lifestyle, the consequences can be long-lasting.
Smartphone neck hump symptoms:
– pain in the cervical area;
– pain in the upper back;
– numbness in the hands;
– a decrease of mobility;
– deformation of the body position;
– shoulder and pelvic imbalance;
– herniated disc;
– breathing disorders.
How to fix it?
– use your smartphone only to carry phone conversations;
– constant checking and correcting your body position when using the smartphone;
– for social media, try to use your laptop or PC more than your smartphone;
– practice sport and exercise;
– try to use your phone at eye level, with both hands;
– Use the tablet at an angle of 30 degrees when typing, to protect the joints, or perpendicular, when you read. The neck should be pulled back to correct the posture of the spine;
– use your thumbs for typing, so the position of the spine remains constant, symmetrical and comfortable;
– when using your smartphone or tablet, your ears must be above the shoulders, and they should be perpendicular to the hips.