You spend hours every day with your head bent over your phone. You also experience chronic neck pain and stiffness in your neck, shoulders and upper back. These two things are likely connected, and the connection between them is a condition called text neck syndrome.
Text neck syndrome? What’s that?
Text neck syndrome, or text neck, is a repetitive stress injury of the neck, and it’s believed that people who spend lots of time on their cellphone every day is the primary cause of this issue. One medical study reveals that 40% of the people surveyed demonstrated text neck.
Text neck can lead to many troublesome symptoms, including:
- Pain in neck, shoulders, and upper back
- Forward head posture
- Rounded shoulders
- Tightness in neck, upper back and shoulders
- Frequent headaches
Steps you can take to treat text neck syndrome
There are several steps you can take to treat the symptoms of text neck. Some of these treatment options include:
Hold your phone higher — Holding your phone low means you must bend your neck forward to see it. For every 15 degrees you tilt your head forward, the weight of your head more than doubles. Holding your phone higher puts your head and neck in a better position and reduces strain on your muscles.
Take breaks more often — Spending hours on your phone at one time can increase your text neck symptoms. However, scheduling frequent rest breaks for yourself can help. For instance, consider stretching or doing something else for 20 minutes for every 20 minutes you’re on your phone.
Go see a physical therapist — Physical therapists can help you find ways to improve your posture and strengthen your neck, both of which can help reduce your text neck symptoms when combined with lifestyle changes, such as those mentioned above. In fact, one study reveals that a regimen of neck strengthening exercises help significantly reduce or completely relieve neck pain in up to 75% of patients.
Get help treating text neck at Arrow Physical Therapy & Rehabilitation
Are you wondering where you can find a physical therapist who can help you treat text neck syndrome? Look no further than our team of therapy specialists at Arrow Physical Therapy & Rehabilitation. We offer free screenings that can pinpoint the cause of your neck pain and other symptoms. Our team can then build you an individualized therapy plan designed to reduce your symptoms.
Want to get your therapy without leaving home? No problem! We offer virtual care and at-home therapy services that are designed to do exactly that. We can even save you the hassle of getting a doctor’s referral since you don’t need one to use any of our therapy services.
Don’t wait to start getting our help with your text neck symptoms. Contact our team today for more information about how we can help you or to schedule your initial appointment.