Pokémon Go is blowing up on smartphones everywhere. People are heading out and spending all of their free time “catching ’em all.” This game has been seen to have health benefits, as players are walking and moving around to capture the pokémon. However, it can have damaging risks on your neck and back. The time you spend staring down at your phone can lead to a condition called “text neck.”
What is text neck?
Text neck is caused when your neck is bent down and forward while looking at a smartphone or other electronic device. If you stay in the position for a long period of time it can cause pain, strain and stiffness.
Young people are at the greatest risk. If you are often in this position, it can cause problems with your spine. For young people who have spines that are still developing this can impact their future health.
How can you avoid text neck?
To play Pokémon Go pain free:
- Take frequent breaks. Take time to put your phone down and stretch your neck and shoulders.
- Hold your phone higher. If you can avoid looking down, you will put less pressure on your neck.
- Pay attention. If you are too focused on the game, you can face danger in your surroundings. Be careful that you don’t trip and fall or walk into something. Avoid going into areas that are dangerous or private property.
- Stretch it out. If you are suffering from neck pain try these stretches.
If you are suffering from neck and back pain, scheduling a visit with the Chiropractor or massage therapist can help reduce pain.