What is text neck?
26. January 2019 at 09:01
Text neck is a Modern term describing repeated stress injury and pain in the neck resulting from excessive watching or texting on handheld devices like Mobile, tablet, Gaming Consoles over a sustained period of time. Nowadays Children and younger people are more prone to this phenomenon, because of excessive use of handheld Mobile Phones and other equipment in the wrong Posture. It is also often known as Turtle Neck posture.The term 'Text Neck' was coined by Dr. DL Fishman, a US chiropractor. This condition is a growing lifestyle and health condition with the constant growth in mobile user population all over the world.
Apart from neck pain, it can also cause shoulder pain, upper back pain, headaches, and increased thoracic kyphosis. Flexing the head forward to use a smartphone affects the spine directly. The most common complaint of Text Neck is neck pain, stiffness, and soreness.
Signs and Symptoms of Text Neck
Instant upper back or neck pain when using a handheld device
Nagging or sharp pain in the neck or shoulders at the end of the day.
General shoulder pain and tightness. Pain can be localized to one spot or may be diffused over an area, the usually lower part of the neck. Can be described as dull aching or can also be sharp or stabbing in extreme cases
An intermittent or a constant headache made worse when looking down or using the computer. sub-occipital muscle tightness can lead to tension-type headaches.
Stiff neck: soreness and difficulty in moving the neck are usually present when trying to move the neck after long usages.
Radiating pain: there can often be radiation of pain into the shoulders and arms.
Muscular weakness: shoulders muscles namely, trapezius, rhomboids, and shoulder external rotators are often weak.
In addition to these common symptoms there can also be:
Early onset arthritis
Flattening of thoracic kyphosis
Loss of lung capacity
Text Neck Treatment- Management
Text neck is conservatively managed by your physiotherapist. The main aims of treatment are to reduce the tension within the neck muscles, reduce the pain within your neck and address the postures that aggravate your symptoms.
After your physiotherapist has assessed your lifestyle, posture and your neck structures they will confirm the main issues causing your neck pain.
They will utilize a range of treatments including, it Can Be vary On Your condition and Neck Structure. I Personally suggest you Visit Your PhysioTherapist First Before Doing Any Exercise at Your Home. Never Follow Such advises By Friends or anyone who doesn't know about Your Neck.
posture correction exercises.
neck stabilization exercises.
Re-education Of Posture at Specifically Cervical/ Neck level. Rehabilitation is found to be very effective in treating the stress injury resulting from Text Neck. Rehabilitation can be designed as a 2-4 week program starting with soft tissue mobilization, Grade 1 and 2 joint mobilisations, active and passive stretches of tight muscles and progressing to muscle strengthening, posture retraining and home exercise program.
acupuncture/ Various massage techniques/soft tissue massage.