We use technology for just about everything these days. Anytime you take a look around you are likely to see many people either looking down at their phone, tablet, laptop, or some other wireless device. And while technology has significantly improved our lives in so many ways, it has also brought with it new challenges and concerns to be aware of. “Text neck” syndrome is one of those very real concerns. So, what is text neck, how could it be affecting you, and what can you do to avoid it? Read on for all you need to know about text neck syndrome.
What Is Text Neck?
Text neck syndrome is the term used to describe pain and damage in our necks that are a result of looking down at our phone, tablet, laptop, or other wireless devices too much and for too long. Any time you bend your neck forward in the manner that is typically used when using a mobile or wireless device, it forces your neck muscles, tendons, and ligaments to work harder in order to continue to hold your head up. But the term is a bit misleading as it is not just our necks that can suffer from this syndrome; text neck can also include shoulder pain, upper back pain, headaches, and increased permanent spine curvature.
Text Neck And Our Youth
The concern over text neck is an even larger concern when we take into consideration our children and their extensive use of mobile devices. Whether it be a cell phone, tablet, or other handheld device, children seem to be using wireless devices much more frequently and for longer periods than even adults do. And this is a serious concern considering children’s necks and spines are still developing and this extra strain could cause permanent damage that will lead to lifelong pain.
Common Symptoms Of Text Neck
There are many different symptoms that can be associated with text neck syndrome. The most common and obvious symptom is neck pain, including stiffness and soreness. Overall symptoms can also include:
- Generalized Pain – can be specific to one spot only or spread across an area and can be described as a dull aching pain or a sharp and stabbing pain.
- Radiating Pain – is usually described as pain that radiates out to the shoulders and arms.
- Muscular Weakness – especially weakness of shoulder muscles.
- Headaches – usually described as feelings of a tension headache.
- Loss Of Lung Capacity – by up to 30 percent.
As well as:
- Early Onset Arthritis
- Spinal Degeneration
- Spinal Misalignment
- Disc Compression
- Disc Herniation
- Muscle Weakness
- Never Damage
- Gastrointestinal Problems
- Flattening Of The Spinal Curve