Are You Suffering from Text Neck?

Cell phones and tablets and smart watches, OH MY!

Text neck is a term used in the rehab world to describe neck pain and possible underlying postural complications and/or damage sustained from looking down at your cell phone, tablet, or other wireless devices too frequently and for too long.

The posture of bending your neck to look down to read or text is a growing concern due to the the increased usage of digital devices these days.  Especially of concern are the growing number of children using digital devices, and the physical consequences it has from degenerative wear and tear to the cervical spine, the possibility of chronic neck pain and/or headaches and other postural dysfunctions.

What are symptoms associated with text neck?

  • General neck pain and soreness
  • Upper back pain and muscle spasms
  • Shoulder pain
  • Neurological symptoms such as radiating nerve pain down the arm/hand

Prevention is the key to avoiding this problem?

The bottom line is to avoid looking down or keeping your head forward for extended periods of time through the day.  Hold your cell phone close to eye level as possible.  Also, make sure that any screen that you are positioned in front of sits at eye level.  Also, it is important to take breaks through the day to avoid eye fatigue and cervical muscle strain.

Many people do not realize that postural rehabilitation is also important where postural strength, spinal flexibility and neck conditioning are the primary focus.  Strong and flexible neck muscles are needed to minimize strain on the cervical spine and help support the weight of your head.      

To learn specific postural exercises and prevent postural dysfunctions associated with this kind of condition, feel free to book an appointment with any of our health professionals.

Jason Varghese, R.Kin, CAT(C), B.Sc.

Orthopedic Rehabilitation
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