by Vibrant Aging

Hold the Phone

September 29, 2021 | Vibrant aging

Do you sometimes have tightness or unexplained pain in your neck?

You are not alone. Among adults, 20% – 70% experience neck pain that interferes with daily activities as well as their ability to sleep.

In Lindsey Bever’s Washington Post article, she states:

“The human head weighs about a dozen pounds. But as the neck bends forward and down, the weight on the cervical spine begins to increase. At a 15-degree angle, this weight is about 27 pounds, at 30 degrees it’s 40 pounds, at 45 degrees its 49 pounds, and at 60 degrees it’s 60 pounds.”

Who knew that looking at a smart phone could put so much pressure on your neck? There’s no question that people with smartphones can spend several hours a day in a hunched over position. While I don’t enjoy texting, it’s sometimes necessary and I have friends who frequently play games on a smartphone!  This ‘forward head’ habit impacts people of all ages.

Bever states: “Medical experts have been warning people for years. Some say for every inch the head tilts forward, the pressure on the spine doubles.”


1. Counteract the head forward posture aka ‘tech neck’ by lengthening and re-aligning the spine so that you are neutrally balanced.

2. This properly stacks the bones to hold your head and natural curves in line with gravity.

3. We’ll talk more about this in my next post. In the meantime, try to hold the phone at eye level or prop it while listening with earbuds or use ‘speaker.’

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Thanks for spending time with me.

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Sharon Byrnes, your Boomer Zoomer

About the author, Vibrant Aging


Sharon Byrnes, Certified Yoga Therapist, believes that “Vibrant Aging” results from consistent, compassionate self-care. She offers smart, “do-able” daily practices that your future Self will thank you for!

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