Yes…It is Your Fault! No-one else’s! Now that I have you attention…You know what you are doing wrong? Poor Posture! Ps…you are not the only one. We all do it most of the time, especially these days with the onslaught of handheld electronics. We call it “Tech Posture”, not “Text Neck.”
Why do we call it “Tech Posture” and not “Text Neck?” Because the neck isn’t the only physical structure at fault with poor posture. Posture is the position our body is in when sitting, standing, walking, etc. Posture can be static and dynamic. We don’t call it “Text Neck” because any or all of the following can be at fault:
✱ Lower Extremities
✱ Lumbo-Sacral Complex
✱ Thoraco-Lumbar Spine
✱ Shoulder / Upper Extremities
✱ Cervical Spine
✱ Head Posture
Just because your neck is in the proper position, doesn’t mean you have achieved proper or correct posture. Along with your neck, one or more structures listed above could be involved. When correcting your neck, you could cause compensate elsewhere and “create” a new pain and/or dysfunction. Remember, self-assessing what may be the culprit is very difficult – get a set of trained eyes to assist you.
But as you read this you may think – What does the research say? Since nearly everyone utilizes a smartphone, we sought out an article researching using a smartphone and its’ affect on posture. You are just in luck! In 2016, an article in the Journal of Physical Therapy Science looked at “The effect of smartphone usage time on posture and respiratory function” (J Phys Ther Sci. 2016 Jan; 28(1): 186–189.). What did the research conclude? The authors concluded, ”The result of this study showed that prolonged use of smartphones could negatively affect both, posture (craniovertebral angle & scapular index) and respiratory function.”
I call it “P” Syndrome™. Poor Posture Produces Pain…Proper Posture Produces Peak Performance! And the research proves this. So if you have tendency to be on a smartphone phone or any other electronic device, please hold it up and not down. This simple act will help you keep your head up and prevent the onslaught prolonged low level trauma. Over time, this trauma can be harmful & irreversible.
If you equip yourself with useable knowledge, body awareness, and apply it consistently, you have a high probability of preventing & reducing pain via maintaining proper posture – not poor posture. It’s up to You. And if You don’t – It’s Your Fault! Until we chat again…
Ps: If you have had pain that is limiting you and causing you to miss activities, please seek help or assistance from a qualified Physical Therapist.