Text Neck- What it is and how to survive it

With technology increasingly becoming an integral part of our routines, it’s no exaggeration to say that mobile phones (or more specifically, mobile apps) have become the man’s best friend! The only problem- this friend might soon become a pain in the neck for many of you, quite literally.

The Problem:

Recent studies have shown that prolonged usage of mobile phones has led to many complaints of neck pain from a very early age. Some have even called the phenomenon “text neck.” No explanation needed there!

This is largely due to the manner in which most of us hold our mobile phones, which is at a chest height. Because of this, our head remains tilted forward for a long period of time, often at a stretch. The muscles in the neck are designed to support the weight of an upright head, but the tilted head’s weight gets magnified due to shift in the axis of gravity.

In simpler words, a forward bending head is much heavier than an upright one, and your neck muscles cannot handle all that weight for too long without getting damaged.

The Effects:

The neck muscles and ligaments, owing to such a prolonged strain, start getting damaged. This causes severe pain in your neck and might spread to your shoulders. You are likely to have a hard time turning your neck and might experience a jolt of sudden pain when you do. All of these are signs that your neck muscles have deteriorated and are in need of some serious caretaking.

The Solution:

Some of the most common and effective solutions to avoiding a text neck are:

  1. Changing the angle: Bring your screens (mobiles, laptops and desktops) as close to your eye level as you can. This will decrease the tilt angle of your head and make it easier for the neck muscles and ligaments to support it.
  2. Take timely breaks: All of us need breaks, and so do your neck muscles. One of the most common reasons for text neck is the lack of rest for the muscles and ligaments in your neck. Take small but frequent breaks, get up and get a beverage of your choice and get cracking again!
  3. Neck Exercises: Regular stretching and exercising of your neck muscles can greatly reduce the risks of neck troubles.