Senin, 03 September 2018

Playing Gadgets Often? Be Careful of Text-Neck Syndrome


Have you ever felt headaches, neck pain, and followed by aches around your shoulders after playing the gadget for too long? Keep in mind that this symptom is called text-neck syndrome. This term was created by Dr. Dean Fisherman in 2008, when he discovered these symptoms in his 17-year-old patient.

Spinal and neck abnormalities therapy experts, or known as chiropractors, recommend that parents also be aware of this problem in children who are accustomed to using gadgets from a young age, in order to minimize the risk of damage that can occur.

What is a Text Neck?Text-neck syndrome is defined as a feeling of stiffness in the area of ​​the head, neck, fingers and shoulders. The cause is excessive pressure on the spine due to the position of using the wrong electronic device. In general, people who are affected by this syndrome usually often look too long at the gadget being held, such as a smartphone, gaming device, e-reader, or tablet.A recent study from New York spine surgeon Kenneth Hansraj, published in Surgical Technology International, says that the habit of bending the head to see the device being held can put up to 27.2 kg of pressure on the neck. The following is detailed information about Hansraj's study:Lowering 0° puts pressure on 5.5 kg on the neck.
  • Lowering 15° gives a pressure of 12.3 kg on the neck. 
  • Lowering 30° puts pressure on 18 kg on the neck. 
  • Lowering 45° puts pressure on 22 kg on the neck. 
  • Bowing 60° puts pressure on 27.2 kg on the neck.
How to prevent?With this study, it doesn't mean you can't play smartphones anymore. "Anyone can still continue to enjoy their smart devices, but make sure the position of your head remains upright while using a smartphone or gadget," suggested Hansraj, as reported by the Huffington Post.In a neutral position, the average head weight reaches 4.5 kg. Now, every time you bow your head to the front, the pressure on the spine becomes doubled. This is why if you are used to seeing a smartphone on your lap for a long time, your neck also holds a weight of around 10-15 kg. The greater the degree of slope of the head, the more weight the load must be with the neck.Four Ways to Stop Text-Neck SyndromeHere are four ways to avoid the serious effects of text-neck syndrome, both on children and adults.1. Arrange the Head Position and Eye VisibilityWhen using a gadget, try only your eyes to look at the gadget screen, and try to keep your head in an upright position. This will help reduce pressure on the neck. If your job requires to constantly stare at the gadget screen, then you should use a special tool to help your smartphone stand alone. The goal is that you can place your smartphone on the table and operate it more relaxed.2. Often StretchDoctor Rey Bosita, a spine surgeon at the Texas Back Institutes, recommends people who use smartphones to stretch every 20-30 minutes. This is to release the tension caused by the activity of bending while looking at the gadget screen."This is a good idea for children and adults. Wake up and walk every few minutes, to avoid tension in the neck and back. In fact, some recent studies also show that chronic conditions, such as heart disease, can be caused by hours of physical activity void, "said Bosita.

3. Sit uprightStaring at the computer screen all day or playing video games on a smartphone for hours in a bent position can bend the spine. Whereas bending posture must be avoided, because it is the main cause of text-neck syndrome and other back pain.So, get used to sitting in an upright position. For office employees who have to look at the computer screen often, there are tips that can be done. How, place a roll towel or small pillow between the lower back with an office chair, so that the sitting position remains upright and healthier.4. Limit the duration of using the gadgetThe most effective tactic to avoid text-neck syndrome is to reduce the amount of time spent interacting with the gadget. "The most important thing is to set limits. Providing computer or smartphone tablets for children should not be done without limiting the time of use. Parents must set certain time limits regarding the use of this smart device. This rule not only needs to be applied to children, but also to adults, in order to reduce the risk of neck and back pain, and stress due to excessive use of digital devices, "concluded Dr. Bosita.Now, from now on it is more attention to the right body position in using the gadget. A healthy posture guide is not only important when you use a gadget, you know. It also deserves attention when you read books, write, type, draw, and when doing a number of other physical activities that involve coordination of the head, neck, eyes and hands.