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Are You Suffering From Text Neck?

Are you getting neck pain?

Do you spend lots of time texting, emailing or using your smart phone or mobile device?

Simple changes and exercises can really help – read on for more information……

Text Neck is not an official medical diagnosis but a term that is used for a repetitive stress injury of the neck region where mobile phone use is thought to be the primary cause. The forward

bending posture affects the curvature of the cervical spine, the neck and shoulder muscles, and supporting ligaments. Text Neck Symptoms:

  • Pain in the neck, upper back or shoulders

  • Headaches

  • Forward head and rounded shoulder posture

  • Tightness and reduced range of movement

What you can do to help:

  • Raise your phone to eye level so your head is not tilted forwards

  • Take regular breaks from handheld devices

  • Sit up straight with your chin tucked in and shoulders pulled back

  • Stretch your neck muscles by tipping your head to the side to take your ear towards your shoulder until you feel a gentle stretch on the other side of your neck

  • Be Active – exercise regularly and limit the time you are hunched over a mobile device

For further advice, assessment & treatment, please contact us at Harbourside Physiotherapy.

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