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A new kind of back and neck pain is plaguing people as a result of modern habits and technologies. This habit is called "text neck" and refers to the pain and damage that occurs after looking down at a screen for extended periods of time, or too frequently. The muscles can become strained as a result of these new habits and cause a number of painful symptoms.

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Symptoms of Text Neck

Text Neck is caused by craning the neck in an "unnatural" position that strains the spinal column and strains the intricate smaller muscles that run down the sides and back of the neck, into the shoulders, connecting throughout the upper back. A number of symptoms that indicate text neck is experienced include:

  • Sharp pains in the upper back
  • Tightness in the shoulders
  • Tension headaches
  • Muscle spasms in the neck, shoulders, or back
  • Pinched nerve that radiates pain down the arms

How Can You Prevent Text Neck?

If you want to stop pain caused by text neck, you have to change some of your daily habits. You can prevent text neck by doing the following:

  • Stop holding your cell phone at a low range, if you're reading a message or looking at your phone screen, bring the phone to your eye level.
  • Take frequent breaks from screen time and if you work at a screen, get up to walk around every 30 minutes.
  • Use a desktop screen instead of a laptop. Make sure the screen is level with your eye range and maintain an upright posture.

How Can You Treat Text Neck?

Apart from preventative measures, if you already feel the pains of text neck, there are a variety of stretches you can engage in to help you alleviate pains.

  • Seek neck pain rehabilitation. You can meet with a physiotherapist to learn specific neck exercises that can strengthen your neck to support the weight of your head.
  • Go to a massage therapist and have a professional massage knots and tense muscles in the neck, shoulders, and upper back.
  • Engage in daily exercises. Watch the video below to see Dr. Ho demonstrate several exercises that can help with neck pain.

More Information About Neck Pain

If you suffer from neck pain but you're unsure what is causing it or what to do about it, you can visit our Neck Pain Page for more information that may help you find relief. Or visit DR-HO'S Pain Relief Neck Pain Page for products that could help alleviate your neck pain, like the Neck Comforter.

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