Text neck is a thing. What, you’ve never heard of it?
Tilting the head forward, as is typically done to view and create text messages, forces the neck muscles, tendons, and ligaments to strain to hold the head up. Click here for the full article.
Sure, there are plenty of other activities that will make you tilt your head forward: washing dishes, reading a book. But reading and responding to texts and DMs can cause a wrinkle in time that allows your head to hang precariously from your neck, thereby leading to pain.
This is even worse for the developing necks of children and teens.
[Their] spines are still developing.
So how do I prevent or improve symptoms of “text neck”?
Here are four tips from Spine-Health.com:
- Raise the phone. Move the cell phone (and other devices) to eye level so the head doesn’t have to be tilted.
- Take frequent breaks. Spend some time away from the phone—or any type of head-forward posture. Change positions when texting—lying on one’s back is an excellent way to relieve pressure on the neck.
- Stand up straight. Good posture, with the 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.
- Stay fit. A strong, flexible back and neck are more able to handle extra stress.
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