Text neck is a modern age term to describe repeated stress injury and pain in the neck resulting from excessive watching or texting on hand-held devices over a sustained period of time. This condition is a growing lifestyle and health condition with the constant growth in the mobile user population all over the world.
SYMPTOMS OF TEXT NECK
- Severe Headache-: Text neck can cause severe headaches which could be a hindrance to your everyday life. Irritation in the neck can also influence nerves and muscles to the head. This could be a stress headache from neck muscles tightening.
MANAGEMENT TO PREVENT TEXT NECK
- Raise the phone: Move the phone (and other devices) up closer to eye level so the head does not have to be tilted forward.
- Take frequent breaks: Spend some time away from the phone—or any type of head-forward posture. If needed, use an alarm or app to set automatic reminders to take breaks from handheld devices.
- Stand up straight: Good posture, with the chin, tucked in and shoulders pulled back, keeps the body aligned in a neutral position.
- Arch and stretch: Arch the neck and upper back backward periodically to ease muscle pain.
- Exercise regularly: A strong, flexible back and neck are more able to handle the extra stress. Some research indicates that teenagers who are active in low-impact team sports or endurance sports are less likely to have neck pain.