Text Neck is a repetitive stress injury to the neck caused by bending your head in a forward and downward position for long periods of time. this causes excessive amounts of tension in the deep muscles of your neck and the shoulders causing both neck pain.

Looking down, dropping your head forward, changes the natural curvature of your neck. Over time, that misalignment can strain muscles and cause wear and tear on the structures of the neck. Chronic headaches have also been linked to this condition.

If left untreated, a \\\'text neck can lead to the inflammation of the neck ligaments, nerve irritation and increased curvature in the spine.

 
Signs and Symptoms of Text Neck
  • Shoulder pain
  • Upper back pain
  • Muscle tightness
  • Joint stiffness.
  • For growing children, this is a particularly dangerous condition. Text neck can lead to damage to the cervical spine and lifelong neck pain, as well as deformities such as kyphosis (hunchback).
How To prevent text neck.
  1. Raise the phone. Move the cell phone (and other devices) to eye level so the head doesn\\\'t have to be tilted.
  2. Take frequent breaks. Spend some time away from the phone—or any type of head-forward posture. 
  3. Stand up straight and in good posture to avoid muscle strains
  4. Do shoulder and neck stretches
  5. Stay fit by doing core exercises that will improve your posture

Text Neck Treatment

Text neck is conservatively managed by your physiotherapist. The main aims of treatment are to reduce pain and tension within the neck muscles and address the posture.

After your physiotherapist has assessed your lifestyle, posture and your neck structures they will confirm the main issues causing your neck pain. They will utilise a range of treatments including

  • education
  • ultrasound therapy
  • Nerve stimulation
  • joint mobilisations
  • posture correction exercises
  • neck stabilisation exercises
  • taping techniques
  • soft tissue manipulation techniques

PHASE I - Reducing Pain & Inflammation

PHASE II - Restoring Normal ROM and Strength

As your pain settles, your physiotherapist will turn their attention to restoring your normal joint alignment and range of motion, including muscle length, muscle strength and endurance.

Your physiotherapist may also recommend a stretching program or a remedial massage to address your tight or shortened muscles. Please ask your physiotherapist for their advice.

PHASE III - Restore Full Function

Depending on your lifestyle your physiotherapist will tailor your rehabilitation to allow you to return to your desired activities. Everyone has different demands that will determine what specific treatment goals you need to achieve.

PHASE IV - Preventing a Recurrence