Do you often experience neck pain while looking down and texting on your phone?
Doctors are saying that looking down at your cell phone or tablet can cause long-term pain. This is called “Text Neck.” A study showed that bending your head to look at your phone can add sixty pounds of pressure to your neck, which can cause pain. If you bend your head forward and down, it can cause stress on the muscles and ligaments inside your neck.
There are ways to prevent “text neck.” First, limit how much you use your phone. You may think you don’t spend a lot of time on your phone, but you may be surprised. Studies reveal that many people don’t realize just how much time they’re spending on their phones. There are several mobile apps that will remind you to avoid straining your neck and prevent you from getting “text neck.”
One suggestion is to hold your phone higher towards your head without bending your neck. Dr. Michelle Collie, director of Performance Physical Therapy in Rhode Island, suggests being aware of your body. Keep your feet flat on the floor, roll your shoulders back and keep your ears over your body so your head is not bent forward.
Physical therapists recommend taking breaks every 20 minutes by standing up, rolling your shoulders and neck, and walking around to increase blood flow. If the pain still persists, seek help from a physical therapist or chiropractor.