Neck pain cam arise for a number of different reasons. Anything from bad posture to a car accident can cause varying degrees of neck pain. Recently, a major issue causing neck pain is “tech neck” or “text neck.” These are terms used to describe the neck pain that comes from the poor posture of slouching which accompanies looking down at your phone or other electronic device for long periods of time.
Tilting the neck forward 15 degrees places about 27 pounds of force on the neck, so you can imagine how looking down at your smart phone can directly affect your spine. If this is not managed, text neck can lead to headaches, neck pain and stiffness, and can affect the shoulders, the pain radiating down into the shoulders and arms.
When it comes to tech neck, prevention is the key. If you can take care to avoid putting extra strain on your neck while you are on your mobile devices, you can avoid injuries. Here are some helpful tips to keep in mind while scrolling on your phone.
Physical therapy can be effective in treating the stress or injury related to tech neck. Physical therapists can improve your necks strength, mobility, flexibility, and range of motion, helping reduce neck pain. This can be accomplished through a variety of modalities they are trained in. Your therapist will start with a one-on-one evaluation and determine the best course of treatment for you. Exercises and stretches are usually a key part of treatment, in combination with massage, ultrasound technology, laser therapy, or whatever else the therapist may deem beneficial.
Here at Reddy Care Physical and Occupational therapy, our therapists are experts at diagnosing and treating neck pain. To find out more about our different therapy options and how physical therapy may benefit you, give us a call today to schedule a consultation!
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