A recent study found that 79% of the population between the ages of 18 and 44 have their cell phones with them almost all the time – with only 2 hours of their waking day spent without their cell phone on hand. Whether you have heard of it or not, text neck is becoming more and more of a problem. The term used to describe the neck pain and damage sustained from looking down at your cell phone, tablet or other wireless devices too frequently and for too long is affecting people of all ages, but children and teens are especially at risk for suffering from symptoms. What’s most concerning? These young, growing children could possibly suffer permanent damage to their cervical spines that could lead to lifelong neck pain.
What are some symptoms of text neck?
- Neck pain and soreness
- Upper back pain that can range from chronic pain to a sharp and severe muscle spasms
- Shoulder pain and tightness
- If a cervical nerve becomes pinched, pain and possibly neurological symptoms can radiate down your arm and into your hand
How can you prevent it?
- Holding your cell phone at eye level whenever is possible will greatly reduce the risk of suffering from text neck. This should be applied to all screens as well including laptops and tablets. The goal should be that your head doesn’t need to bend to view the screen you are working on.
- Don’t forget to take breaks! While many of us have jobs that require us to be working on a computer all day, it’s still important for your health to take breaks from all screens.
- If you do work on a laptop all day, make sure your screen is set up so that it is at eye level