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Text Neck

Text Neck is a relatively recent condition, and is the name used for the poor posture seen when using technology, such as hand-held devices. This poor posture has become a common cause of neck pain and headaches. 

What is Text Neck?

Text Neck is an overuse syndrome or a repetitive stress injury to the neck caused by holding your head forward and downward for extended periods. When keeping your head in this position, excessive amounts of tension are created in the deep muscles of your neck and across the shoulders, causing both acute and chronic neck pain. 

Text Neck

Signs and Symptoms of Text Neck

Text neck may have one or more of these signs and symptoms:

  • Instant or delayed-onset upper back or neck pain when using a handheld device,
  • Nagging or sharp pain in the neck or shoulders at the end of the day or postural fatigue
  • General shoulder pain and tightness
  • Head forwards of neck posture
  • Possible headaches
  • Intermittent or constant headaches made worse when looking down or using the computer

Causes of Text Neck

When in an upright posture, your ears should align with the centre of your shoulders. In this position, the weight of the average head exerts approximately 4.5 to 5.5 kgs of force through your neck muscles. However, when your head is moved forward by only 2 to 3 cms away from this neutral position, your head weight dramatically increases these neck forces. This can lead an increase of up to 6 times the amount of force put onto the neck i.e. up to 30kg of force going through the neck muscles. This, obviously, puts a lot of strain onto the nerves and muscles of the neck, and causes pain. 

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