Updated: Jul 18
In today's terms, Text Neck actually refers to the pain and ache in the neck that is caused by repeated stress injury. It is, in effect, a result of watching excessive TV or texting and gaming on hand-held devices for prolonged periods. The other terms for Text Neck are Anterior Head Syndrome and Turtleneck Posture. All three of these are quite similar.
Technology is a boon provided we follow the correct methods of using these tech devices of our age. Sitting hunched over your device for long durations can lead to arthritis, osteo related diseases, discomforting arms and shoulders, headaches, strained neck, and many such pains and aches.
Here are some tips to help minimize the risk of text neck:
Regular breaks - Give yourself regular breaks and look up and away from your device.
Posture – Make sure your back and neck are getting much relief from any strain or slouch. Good posture is the key here.
Stretch – take time off. Stand up and roll your shoulders from back to front and then front to back. Stretch your waist in all directions. Stretch all your limbs. Lessen the physical tension.
Relieve – Look up, then down a few times. Relax and stay away from the strain of having been in the same position for long.
Visit the chiropractor regularly. Go for regular checkups. Make sure the spine is in perfect alignment. That is the key to avoiding any strain, ache, and pain.
Common Symptoms Associated with Text Neck
The following are the most common symptoms of Text Neck:
Neck, upper back, or shoulder pains. Various spots may be in pain. It may be a stabbing or intense pain. It can be a general ache across a wider area. Usually, it is anywhere or all across the area from the shoulders to the bottom of the neck.
Rounded shoulders and Forward-head posture. If forward head posture is maintained for longer periods, the chest, upper back, and neck muscles can become imbalanced and deconditioned. Such decondition may cause a hindrance to maintain good posture at all in the future.
Lessened movement. The chest, upper back, shoulders, and neck may all feel tight and rigid, thereby leading to lessened movement and mobility and reduced flexibility.
Headaches and head pains. A spasm in the neck can be quite painful and may even lead to severe headaches. Even staring at screens for prolonged time periods may also lead to eye strains and headaches, even if you have good posture.
Pain increases when the neck is flexed. Looking down or when the neck is flexed forward may alleviate the pain or ache, and may even aggravate the pain.
The pain and ache may vary from case to case. Those who use just one side may face pains and aches on one side, whereas those who use both hands to operate the device may feel the pain distribute across both sides of their upper torso, neck, head, arms, and so on. It is absolutely dependent on the muscles that are being strained.
It is always advised that good and proper usage of devices be maintained as also the body be saved from any strain and discomfort. Good habits mean a good and healthy body. If you feel you have any of the stated symptoms, please visit the doctor or chiropractor immediately.