Text much? If you have a mobile device, chances are you do. But this post isn’t just about texting as the name implies. It’s about the countless minutes and hours we spend daily looking down at our mobile devices and the harmful effects it has to our physiological health. And if you have kids that have mobile devices, this message is especially for you. It’s better to prevent things when you can, rather than trying to fix things later.
What is text neck?
Text neck is a physiological condition that gets its name from the result of staring down at your mobile device for extended periods of time. Keeping your head in this forward head position happens when we are engaged in activities such as texting or emailing, watching a movie or video. Over time, your head and neck becomes accustomed to this position.
How do you know if you have text neck? What are the effects?
Here are a few of the common symptoms that accompany text neck:Headaches – usually caused by neck tensionPain – could be localized or radiating pain in the neck and shouldersStiffness in the neck – you might feel like your range of motion has been compromised Some spinal and postural issues may be present as well – check out this post from our team.
What can you do?
As you can see, staring down at your mobile device can have some pretty damaging effects. But, there are some things you can do to prevent text neck. And if you think you might be suffering from it, get the rehab that you need.Take a break from using your mobile device. We live in a mobile-driven world, but taking periodic breaks will be very beneficial. If you have kids or other family members, check in on their usage.When using your device, change its position. Instead of holding it down, place your device eye-level. Arms are tired? Place your device on a higher platform. Try getting a tripod, or maybe it’s time to take another break.Be aware of your body. Try not to be so rigid in your posture. Again, if you have kids who use mobile devices, check their usage and their posture. A healthy reminder is helpful.
Get a massage, especially if you’re experiencing headaches and pain in the neck.Incorporate some head rotations and neck stretches into your daily routine. Combine massage with some stretching for a 1-2 punch. Check out Dr. David’s post on some postural resets you can perform as well.While text neck is connected to using mobile devices in downward head static positions, the tips here can be used for anyone who sits at a desk and stares down at materials in front of them for long periods of time. Kids at school can definitely benefit from taking periodic breaks, standing, stretching, and daily exercise.
Blog by Steve Edwards.