Technology has the ability to bridge the gap between two people from different sides of the world, particularly through the birth of mobile phones. The use of social media has also made communication faster and a lot more efficient.
Unfortunately – and unknowingly – some people have experienced physical discomfort when handling mobile devices. One of the rising physical problems that millennials encounter these days is something called “text neck”.
What is Text Neck?
Text neck is a millennial condition wherein an individual develops an abnormal posture due to the frequent use of mobile devices. In this case, a person’s back may be found to be slouching, and the head bent low. Constantly using mobile phones in a wrong position would lead to the curvature of the spine, as well as a stooped head.
More than the postural deformity, excessive use of mobile phones may also affect the eyesight or cause headaches. In this case, you may need to either see an eye doctor to check your eyesight, or set an appointment with a dentist to check your temporo-mandibular joint (TMJ).
TMJ pain is likely to happen when the maxillary bone and mandibular bone are not in a relaxed position. Any protrusion can leave the mouth open or hanging often. Other symptoms include shoulder tension, neck pain and nerve compression.
How to Avoid Having A Text Neck
Medical specialists and posture experts such as Bosh Physical Therapy can help relieve aches and pains associated with text neck. More importantly, they can provide valuable information on how to keep fit and healthy all the time.
Remember how your teachers would tell you back then to sit up straight? More than being a form of punishment, it’s a quick way to prevent your spines from developing premature curvature – either kyphosis or hunchback – which can lead to difficulty in breathing.
The same practice should also be done when we use mobile devices. Ordinarily, we tend to slouch without realizing that allowing our back to follow this kind of posture could lead to backaches after prolonged improper posture.
Here are some quick techniques to prevent text neck:
- It may help to rest your back on a chair, or use a pillow as support.
- Placing a book on top of your head may help in maintaining an upright position.
- It is advisable to raise the mobile phone at eye level or to a level where the neck is not too raised or lowered that could cause straining.
- If using the mobile device is not badly needed, it is best to take breaks in between than to continue using it for long hours.
- When you are at your office, set up your screen in a position where your head is in line with your shoulders and spine.
Doctors are seeing an increase in the number of people who often complain of having neck aches, back pain, pinched nerves, and other signs of early arthritis that may be related to text neck. This trend has been observed in practically any life stage, from middle school age to adulthood. Moreover, chronic texting posture may lead to breathing problems, heart disease, and even depression.
Because of this, parents need to pay more attention into how their kids position their bodies when they are using their mobile phones. It’s better to monitor now while their young bodies are still developing, rather than correcting their postures when they become adults.