What is Text Neck?
You may not know what Text Neck is just yet, but be warned: you’re not just going to learn about it here, but you may well experience text neck yourself.
Every time you get on your phone, you (and everyone else) do the same thing: you (and they) immediately look down at the phone. It’s only natural, because holding the phone up means you need to lift your arm, and while the phone may be small and light, it is uncomfortable to hold up your arm for as long as it takes to scroll through Instagram, check your email and watch whatever YouTube video you happen to stumble upon.
It may seem like no big deal to look down, but that all-natural movement is causing big problems in people all across the world and right here in Miami.
What Happens with Text Neck
You aren’t just looking down when you are looking at your mobile device. Your head is also being moved slightly forward as well. The muscles in the can neck become strained, and over time, this continual movement can cause the discs in the vertebrae to shift and cause significant pain in the neck and pain in the back. The pain can also move to the chest area that can radiate to the upper arms and even the shoulder areas.
How to Fix Text Neck
The initial and obvious answer is to stop looking down at your phone. At the very least, hold your phone out slightly to prevent your neck from hanging forward which creates a large part of the strain. Consider a small investment in a phone stand, so if you are working at your desk or a table, you can set your phone in an upright position at 2-3 feet away. The simple act of setting your phone out a bit further than usual can help alleviate some of the pain you may be experiencing.
Also, consider doing some simple movements to counteract any stress or pain you are currently feeling. A gentle neck roll going in each direction and a gentle stretch of pulling the shoulders back can alleviate the pain you are feeling as a result of text neck.
However, if the pain persists, you may need to contact a physical therapist in Miami at Physical Therapy Now.
Physical Therapy in Miami
If you are experiencing the symptoms of text neck, we can help! Call us today for an evaluation at (800) 481-4582. You don’t need a referral from your doctor to receive physical therapy in Miami, and we handle the communications with the insurance company as well. We’ll relieve you of the pain you’re experiencing because of your text neck, so don’t wait any longer. We are ready to help!