It’s not just affecting millennials. Text neck is easily one of the most rapid modern age conditions effecting the general population. The main cause of text neck is the continuous “downward looking” posture. This posture is most common when viewing a phone, tablet, or other handheld device.
In this digital age, most people can’t live without their phone, but that doesn’t mean you have to live with the pain.
Looking down for an extended period of time can lead to more than just soreness. Over time, the consistent flexed neck posture increases muscle strain in portions of the cervical spine and can cause unnecessary wear and tear on the muscles, tendons, and ligament structures. The increased strain on your body can cause moderate to severe upper back and shoulder pain, tightness, muscle fatigue, and limited movement at the neck.
Here’s how to spare your neck without giving up your phone:
Treating “Text Neck” Pain:
Take care of your body by listening to it. If you’re experiencing constant neck, back, or shoulder pain, it may be time to contact an Astym® certified provider to see if Astym therapy is right for you. Astym therapy has been known to resolve cases of neck, back, and shoulder pain with high success rates.
Next time you use your handheld devices, analyze your posture. By holding your phone higher, taking frequent breaks, and exercising and stretching regularly, you will have a better chance of decreasing “Text Neck” pain.
*The content is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment.
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