Photo credit: Dave King, Steel City Drones

Most of us spend about four hours a day looking down at our phones and other electronic devices. Since our heads weigh about 11 pounds (the weight of a bowling ball!), think about the impact that has on our body!

While it’s probably best for us to simply stop texting so much, that is a topic for another article. In the meantime, here are a few creative ways to reverse the impact of “text neck”:

  1. Learn how to fly a drone. Not only is it a great hobby, you’ll be looking up for hours, spending time in nature, and having fun, all while keeping your neck and spine healthy.
  2. Do some yoga. Many yoga postures involve actively turning your eyes to the sky. You’ll release neck strain as well as receive all the great benefits of yoga (increased energy, focus and flexibility reduced stress and more.)
  3. Take regular breaks. Look up, drop your shoulders, and breathe. Try to do this as often as you can while you’re looking down at a device.
  4. Talk more, type less. Use the voice-activated feature on your phone and look straight ahead when you talk. Better yet, call that person you’re texting.
  5. Get a chair massage with a focus on the neck and shoulders. Even 20 minutes will help.  This goes for looking up too long too.  Good thing most drone batteries only last a matter of minutes!

Whether you’re flying a drone or doing an upward facing dog stretch, looking up will keep your neck healthy and also activates those feel-good endorphins in your brain. So cast your eyes skyward!

Maripat Abbott
CRPAA, Board Member