What is it?
Text Neck is a recent term used to describe a repeated head forwards posture, such as when texting/ using a mobile phone.
Postures that contribute to a head forwards posture are:
· hunching your back and poking out your chin, such as when using a smart phone or a computer/laptop that is not positioned correctly for you.
· cradling your phone with your head and shoulder
· sitting slouched in a chair
· rounding your shoulders
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What are the symptoms?
If the forwards head posture is repeated, eventually there will be:
· Neck pain, shoulder pain, and possibly headaches.
· Neck stiffness
· Muscle weakness around the neck and shoulders.
· Tight chest muscles
Other issues can also occur, such as
· Numbness/tingling in arms and/or legs
· Stiff upper back
What can I do?
Try and improve your head posture whether you are sitting, standing or walking.
· Gradually lengthen your neck upwards as you tuck your chin in
· Bring your shoulder blades down and back towards your spine
Be sure to talk to your doctor/physiotherapist if you have had an accident and/or you have a neck condition such as arthritis as you will need a modified program
You can also
· Adjust your seating to help you maintain this posture
· Strengthen your neck and upper back.
· Reduce your use of smart phones and take frequent breaks.
A physiotherapist can provide you with postural re-education and an appropriate exercise program tailored specifically for you.
For more information visit: https://www.physio-pedia.com/Text_Neck
R. Sian Owen PT