By Athlete's Care on January 19, 2018
New technology often has unexpected effects. Who would have thought that a device meant to communication could affect...the neck? “Text neck” is a condition that our Toronto physiotherapists and chiropractors see more and more of. It’s the term for that sore and stiff feeling that can develop in your neck that is caused by using your cell phone or other device for long periods of time.
It’s more than just a little muscle soreness. It’s a repetitive stress injury that is caused by looking down at your phone or tablet, and it becomes an orthopedic issue. Simply put, your head is heavy. It weighs about 10 to 13 pounds. Now, the spine and neck are designed to hold your head in a balanced position.
Pain and stiffness is just the beginning. If unchecked and untreated, there can be significant injury.
You may even require surgery. Prevention is clearly the key to avoiding injury – here are some simple measures you can take.
Good posture and upper body strength can help you prevent any number of issues related to the neck and shoulders, not to say your back. You’ll be doing yourself a big favour by making it one of your goals to improve your posture in general, especially when sitting down. Poor posture has even been linked to larger issues such as depression and problems with digestion. It also tends to result in poor circulation because you are causing compression to certain areas of your body. It’s not just about text neck, in other words.
Our Toronto physiotherapy and sports medicine specialists are ready to answer any questions you may have. If you are experiencing text neck or any other orthopedic issue, don’t hesitate to contact one of our Toronto clinics to make your appointment today.