Text neck is an upper spinal ailment caused by hunching over your cell phone, tablet or other wireless devices for an exorbitant amount of time. It can range from a chronic, nagging pain to sharp upper back muscle spasms.
According to spine-health.com, text neck may possibly lead to chronic problems due to early onset of arthritis in the neck.
So, how is text neck treated?
Spine-health.com suggests that prevention is key:
“Hold your cell phone at eye level as much as possible. The same holds true for all screens—laptops and tablets should also be positioned so the screen is at eye level and you don’t have to bend your head forward or look down to view it.”
Another great preventative tactic is to take frequent breaks from your devices throughout the day.
“For example, set a timer or alarm that reminds you to get up and walk around every 20 to 30 minutes,” says spine-health.com.
But, of course, the bottom line is to avoid straining your neck by looking down so frequently. Watch your posture, and be wary of when your head is facing down.
Rehabilitation practices, according to spine-health.com, consist of improving your core muscles in order to improve your upper muscles.
“Many people don’t know this, but you need to have strong core muscles—the abdominal and lower back muscles—to support your upper body, including your neck. Your core muscles usually do not get enough exercise during normal daily activities, so you need to do specific exercises to target these muscles.”
Remember to consult with your Registered/Licenced Massage Therapist before trying any of these out.
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