Text Neck

Sometime this year, I want to share with my two blog readers (hi Cynthia!) a strength training program I’ve been doing for about four months. The results are nothing short of remarkable. This is a discipline I can (and likely will) do for the rest of my life. The program is called High Intensity Training, also known as the Super Slow Workout. I became aware of the technique via a book called Body By Science, by Dr. Doug McGuff, an emergency room physician.

Doug blogs here. Normally, he writes about strength training and related topics. Today he wrote about something that really caught my attention, a physiological syndrome called text neck.

Here’s the scoop. Chin up!

“Later we met up with our friend at Moe’s Southwestern Grill near the Clemson University campus. After we got our food I noticed something unusual about the long line of college students who were waiting in the serving line. I was looking at about 10-12 students all standing in a row when I noticed something striking about their body habitus. All of their necks were protruding from their torso at a 45 degree angle. The neck itself was straight, but at the C7-T1 juncture there was just an abrupt forward flexion. This position was evident despite an otherwise upright posture, and it appeared to be a fixed deformity. This positioning did not appear to be well-adapted for anything physiologically useful. The only thing that this appeared to possibly helpful for was text-messaging, staring at a laptop, or playing hand-held video games, and this is what I suspect has resulted in this bizarre anthropologic adaptation. If you take some time to look about, I am sure you can see lots of strange postures that result from forcing our Fred Flintstone bodies into this George Jetson world. I was just shocked to see it so prominently displayed in people so young.”


5 thoughts on “Text Neck

  1. I am the founder of “text neck” and I pioneered a mobile APP of the Android ™ mobile phones. The APP is a green indicator light that is in the top task bar of the phone when the phone is held with proper viewing posture. When the phone is tilted to a viewing angle that is unacceptable the green light turns red to alert you that you are at risk for text neck. There is also an optional vibration/beep alert. Learn more about the condition at http://www.text-neck.com and about the app at http://www.neurotilt.com Respectfully,
    Dean Fishman, D.C.

  2. John, ever since Nick K intro’ed me to your blog i’ve been following it.

    I HIGHLY enjoy your subjects and your thoughts.

    Carry on my friend, carry on!


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