In an upright posture, the head normally weighs about 10 to 12 pounds. When texting on a phone, it is common to bend the head forward and look down at a 45º or 60º angle, which places about 50 to 60 pounds of force on the neck.1 The neck is not able to withstand this amount of pressure over a prolonged period.

Text Neck Symptoms

  • Pain in the neck, upper back, and/or shoulder
  • Forward posture and rounded shoulders
  • Reduced mobility and headache
  • Increased pain with neck flexion

How to Prevent Text Neck

  • Raise the phone up closer to eye level.
  • Stand up straight with the chin tucked in and shoulders pulled back.
  • Arch the neck and upper back backward periodically to ease muscle pain.
  • Spend some time away from the phone—or any type of head-forward posture.
  • Exercise regularly. A strong, flexible back and neck are better able to handle extra stress.

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