You may love the convenience of your smartphone or tablet, but chances are your neck has a different opinion! Imagine what it would look like to have a small watermelon hanging off a tree branch — that’s sort of what it’s like when your noggin (weighing in at 10 to 12 pounds) is looking down to text or read your phone. The weight on your cervical spine increases, and over time, this can lead to “text neck,” an increasingly common condition that sure doesn’t feel too good. But don’t let your devices get the better of you: Just keep your head in alignment as much as possible when using electronics, and learn to do the following daily exercise provided by Cleveland Clinic yoga therapist, Judi Bar.
- Inhale, lifting both shoulders up toward your ears.
- Exhale, pressing both shoulders down and back; hold them there.
- Make sure your chin is parallel to the floor.
- Take your index finger and press your chin back toward your jaw; feel the lengthening in the back of your neck.
- Release your index finger from your chin, but do not allow your chin to move forward.
"To truly laugh, you must be able to take your pain and play with it." Charlie Chaplin