Technology is an everyday part of our lives for both children and adults. Many adults sit at a desk in front of a computer; today’s youth often implement computers, laptops, and tablets in the classroom. Outside of these areas, we are on our cellphones or tablets, and it is greatly affecting the nation’s posture in a new way—Text Neck Syndrome.
What is Text Neck?
Text Neck Syndrome is the diagnosis for postural damage specifically located in the neck that results in a hunched posture, neck pain, shoulder pain, and stiffness in the muscles of these areas as well. Text Neck Syndrome is caused by the way we position ourselves when looking at our phones or tablets for an extended period of time—regardless of whether we are texting, scrolling through our social media accounts, or watching a movie. Text Neck Syndrome can also result from routine use of other forms of technology such as desktop or laptop computers and not maintaining an ideal posture when using these devices.
Symptoms of Text Neck
Text Neck is often caused by prolong postural habits, usually with the head dipped down and shoulders rolled forward. Over time, this posture can cause pain and stiffness in the neck, back, and shoulders. Other symptoms also include:
- Minimized muscle and joint mobility
- Difficult turning the head
- Weakened shoulder and neck muscles
- Vision problems
- Tension headaches and migraines
- Reduced lung capacity (compressed chest region from hunched posture)
In addition, this syndrome can lead to other very serious concerns such as:
- Spinal Misalignment
- Spinal Degeneration
- Disc Compression and Herniation
- Early Onset Arthritis
- Never Damage
Concerns of Text Neck in Children and Teens
Electronic devices are popular amount our youth and may be implemented even more in their daily lives than for adults. This is a concerning issue as children’s bodies are still developing, even well into their teens, and consistent usage of mobile devices can have a lasting effect on their posture and spinal health.
How Massage Therapy Can Help
A massage therapist can help you maintain the health of your spine and body through massage and postural/neuromuscular restructuring to minimize the effects of text neck.
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Other Things You Should Be Doing To Avoid Text Neck Injury
Putting your phone down and forgetting it ever existed is an unlikely commitment for most individuals. Luckily, there are a few things you can immediately start doing to help reduce and prevent the effects of Text Neck Syndrome.
- Elevate Your Device. Often, the device is held or positioned around the waist or stomach level. LIFT IT UP. The device should ideally be between shoulder height and eye level, but we will accept chest area and above. So, when reading that text your just got, bring the phone up towards your face rather than leaning down to read it. If working on a laptop, set it on a pillow or raised platform—better yet, periodically stand while working to further improve your posture while working.
- Put It Down. Do try to put the device down every now and again and give your neck (and eyes) a break!
- Be Mindful Of Your Posture. It is easy to slip back into poor postural habits, so you will have to be diligent about breaking these bad habits. Ideally keep your chin parallel to the ground, your shoulder rolled back, and your spine in its natural curve.
- Take A Break! Take physical breaks in addition to general separation from the device. Get up, walk around, and stretch your muscles out. Ideally, routine exercise should also be a part of your regime to help encourage overall healthy habits and muscle strength.
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Contact us and schedule a neuromuscular or trigger therapy massage. One of our capable massage therapists will assist you with addressing your text neck concerns. Neck and back pain are very real and troubling symptoms of text neck and there is a solution to whatever you’re experiencing. We look forward to helping you out soon!