How to recognize Text Neck

Get Relief from Text Neck and too Much Screen Time

In today’s digital age, we are more connected than ever before. We rely on our smartphones and computers for work, communication, and entertainment. However, this constant screen time can take a toll on our bodies, especially our necks. Neck pain caused by texting and screen time is a growing problem, and it’s important to understand how to prevent and treat it.

That’s where Apex Physical Therapy comes in.

What is Text Neck?

Text neck is a term used to describe the pain and discomfort that can result from looking down at a phone, tablet, or computer screen for extended periods. When we use our devices, we tend to hunch over and crane our necks forward, which places a great deal of strain on the muscles, ligaments, and vertebrae of the neck. Over time, this can cause inflammation, stiffness, and pain.

Common Symptoms of Text Neck

  • The symptoms of text neck can vary from person to person, but common complaints include:
  • Pain or stiffness in the neck, shoulders, or upper back
  • Headaches
  • Reduced range of motion in the neck
  • Tingling or numbness in the arms or hands
  • Fatigue or weakness in the neck muscles

The best way to prevent text neck is to limit your screen time and practice good posture. Here are some tips to keep in mind:

Take frequent breaks: If you’re working at a computer, take a break every 20-30 minutes to stand up, stretch, and move around. If you’re using your phone, take breaks to look up and gaze into the distance.

Hold your device at eye level: Instead of looking down at your phone or tablet, bring it up to eye level so that you don’t have to crane your neck.

Use a supportive chair: When working at a computer, use a chair that provides good back and neck support. Avoid slouching or leaning forward.

Strengthen your neck muscles: Regular exercise can help strengthen the muscles of the neck and upper back, reducing the risk of injury.

If you’re already experiencing neck pain caused by texting and screen time, Apex Physical Therapy can help. Our experienced physical therapists can provide a range of treatments to help alleviate your symptoms and improve your overall neck health.

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If you’re ready to start therapy to get your life back, contact us today and book your first session.

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