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The Hidden Danger of Texting

If you use a smartphone, you've probably experienced 'text neck'

If you use a smartphone, you’ve probably experienced ‘text neck’

More and more patients are complaining of lingering neck and back pain, as well as frequent headaches, due to prolonged forward flex of the head and neck.

A huge increase the number of people using their phones for things other than talking, and the increasing amount of time spent using the devices is bringing in patients in droves.

If you use a smartphone or tablet, you’ve probably experienced it. Stiffness and soreness in your neck, maybe even a headache, from having your head bent forward for prolonged periods of time.

Avoiding “Text Neck”

The easiest way to stop the pain and stiffness is to stop using your phone, but we know that’s not likely to happen.

In addition to reducing your texting time, there are a few things you can do to reduce the strain on your neck and shoulders:

  • Bring your phone up to eye level, or as close as possible – this will keep you from bending your head downward to see the screen.
  • Tuck your elbows in close to your body – this will cause you to raise the device up to a more comfortable level and will provide more support and better posture.
  • If you’re seated in a chair, rest your arms on the armrests – this will also raise the level of the device and require less bending forward.

The closer to your lap you hold the device, the farther forward you will have to bend your neck to see it, causing additional strain.

With these tips, you can reduce the amount of strain to your neck and shoulders and help alleviate pain and headaches.

Reduce your screen time and reduce the strain!

If you’d like to learn more, please call (905) 934-7776.

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