According to Dr. Dean Fishman, Text neck is the term used to describe the neck pain and damage sustained from looking down at your cell phone, tablet, or other wireless devices too frequently and for too long. Symptoms of the ravaging disorder includes tension and chronic headaches, upper back pain ranging from a chronic, nagging pain to sharp, severe upper back muscle spasms. Shoulder pain and tightness, possibly resulting in painful shoulder muscle spasm.
As the world become more global and technology becomes more ’techy’, Texting has become the dominant form of communication. Our virtual presence is growing stronger hence we spend even more time looking down at our mobile devices, communicating and socializing. Beyond the use of our cell phones, countless hours are spent daily hunched over numerous types of handheld devices Tablets, PDA, MP3, game consoles, e-readers, media players, digital camera and video recorders, etc.
More people now suffer or risk having text neck. It’s no wonder that I often spend more time on the neck, shoulder and back during my massage sessions. Even though most clients book a full body massage, there is usually a dedicated focus on the neck, shoulder and back as these are they heavily tensed areas for busy professionals and entrepreneurs. Enquires from most clients during these massage sessions indicates that tension builds around these areas as a result of poor sitting, texting and typing postures. Our regular furniture also play a role a critical role on the health of our neck, shoulders and back. We shall review our furniture in a future blog post.
I will like to address our sitting, texting and typing postures in this post and subsequent post. Please see the images below to review your postures.
Photo Credit – Posturerite.co.uk
If you often use a computer, you can avoid injury by sitting in the right position
Support your back
Avoid back pain by ensuring that your lower back is properly supported.Your knees should be slightly lower than your hips.
Rest your feet on floor
Your feet should be flat on the floor. If your feet hang your calves can become stiff and build tension.
Place your screen at eye level
Your screen should be directly in front of you. A good guide is to place the monitor about an arm’s length away, with the top of the screen roughly at eye level.
Using the keyboard
Place your keyboard in front of you when typing. Leave a gap of about four to six inches (100mm-150mm) at the front of the desk, to rest your wrists between bouts of typing. Your wrists should be straight when using a keyboard. Keep your elbows vertical under your shoulder and right by your side.
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It will be a great idea to review your posture and make the necessary adjustments where possible. please be conscious of your posture.