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.
  • Eye Strain:- Staring at a screen in an uncomfortable position is not only strenuous to the spine but your eyes as well. Eye strain is often related to the blurring of eyes, dryness, and lack of concentration.
  • Vertigo:- Text neck causes wear and tear of the neck muscles. This can cause a problem with your posture, brain and spine. If you are a phone addict, chances are that this is already happening. If you are having dizzy spells, you could be at the risk of vertigo.
  • Muscle Weakness:- Inclining your head at 60° is almost like having an 8-year-old sitting on your shoulders for long hours. This causes your muscles to weaken. Fatigue is also one of the symptoms of text neck.
  • Frequent Neck, Upper Back and Shoulder Pain:- When we tilt our head forward or downwards, it puts additional weight on the cervical spine. At a 15° angle, the weight is about 12kgs, at 30° it’s 18kgs, at 45° it’s 23kgs, and at 60° it’s 28kgs. This strain causes additional pressure and constant pain in our neck, upper back and shoulders. If this is not kept in check, it could cause stinging pain. 
  • 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.