Chiropractors in London are warning people that spending too much time gazing into the screens of your mobile phone or tablet computer could lead to a condition they are calling "Text Neck."
If you are spending too many hours staring at computer screens, the tissues and joints in your neck are flexed and worked far too often, leading to headaches and aches in the arms, wrists, and shoulders. According to Rachel Lancaster, a chiropractor at the Freedom Back Clinics in Leeds, she treats several people who suffer from this class of injury.
"Text Neck is caused by the neck being flexed for a prolonged period of time. Sufferers are increasing as the use of smartphones and tablet computers become more popular," she said in a report by Metro.
Lancaster added that in extreme cases the muscles would, eventually, adjust themselves to the flexed position, making it all the more difficult to sit up straight.
"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 in this area," Lancaster said.
To avoid such painful problems, Lancaster recommended that people who text often or work for long hours in front of computers take regular breaks and sit straight while at their desks.