It’s hard to keep yourself entertained while travelling, especially when you have a long journey ahead. Pair this with an awkward sleeping position, and you will wake up with cramps and muscle aches.
The main problem is the repetition of the unnatural position in which we place our bodies. For example, carpal tunnel syndrome does not occur from a single day’s work, but the repetition over time, even in as little as six months depending on the job, allows it to flare up. The issue of text neck does extend well beyond travelling and is a common issue in our everyday routine.
Now, this has been well studied and well established. Text neck, on the other hand, is a newer concept and a more significant issue that most people suffer from, without knowing it. On average, smartphone holders check their phone 86 times per day.
In an upright position, our head weighs approximately 11 pounds. Each degree we tilt our head forward, the weight put on the spine increases by 10 pounds, according to the Physiology of Joints. A survey conducted both in the United States and in Canada shows that text messaging was the most popular use of the phone, hence the birth of the name ‘text neck.’ For personal uses, young adults are in the ‘text neck’ position for at least 4-5 hours a day, while older adults (aged 30+) look at their smartphone for approximately 2 hours and 49 minutes — this number increases for business professionals who use their phone for emails, calls, messages and more.
This habit starts to put pressure on the neck, shoulders and upper back, putting stress on your body leading to pain, tight muscles and knots. Massages can often help to alleviate some of the aches, so even if you’re travelling from out of town, you can always schedule an appointment at a spa near your hotel to help you feel relaxed for your trip. Massage therapy helps your body reset from the contact pressure placed.
Since Apple introduced the first smartphone in 2007, the long-term issues of ‘text neck’ is still being studied. However, all studies thus far have indicated the trend our bodies are headed if we continue to ignore our muscle and posture.