Text neck is a pain caused by the overuse of the head, neck and shoulders due to long period of time spent looking down on a cell phone, tablets, laptop or other mobile devices. Text neck is the most cause of neck pain and soreness, upper back pain ranging from a chronic, nagging pain to sharp, severe upper back muscle spasms.
Tilting the head downwards increases the gravitational pull on the skull , the continuation of which may cause pinched nerve, muscle strain and disc herniation.
Long term strain of the neck may have an effect on the overall health coupled with the amount of time most people spend on their phones. Spending excessive time on the phone may cause neck, back, shoulder health problems. It can also lead to stiffness or tightness in the shoulders and neck, intermittent or constant headaches, nerve pain and numbness in the upper limbs.
How to fix text neck
Text neck can be fixed by making some adjustments to the daily routine and protect the health. Maintain a straight back position when using technologies. Try a neutral spine when typing on your phone, laptop or tablets. Position the phone, tablet up closer to eye level so the head does not have to be tilted forward.
Have a good posture while sitting with the chin tucked in and shoulders pulled back, this position keeps the body aligned in a neutral position. Arch the neck and upper back backward periodically to ease muscles in the neck.
Set boundaries for yourself. No phones on the dinning table, no texting and driving, no mobile devices in the toilet. Spend some time away from the phone to take breaks from handheld devices.
Massage increases the flow of blood and oxygen to your muscles and other tissues, rub your neck and shoulders to increase blood circulation.
With these you can condition your body to reverse and correct the text neck and prevent further discomfort.
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