Text Neck is the latest buzzword to describe the neck pain and injury sustained when looking down at your mobile phone or tablet too frequently or for too long.
The condition most commonly causes neck pain and stiffness but can also lead to nagging or sharp upper back and shoulder pain, muscle spasm, headaches, and even neurological symptoms that can radiate down the arm.
The average human head weighs around 4.5 kilograms. This is a substantial load to bear for the narrow column that makes up the cervical spine (neck). When the head is tilted forward, the surrounding soft tissue structures are placed under increased strain in order to support the adopted “forward head” posture.
A study published in the journal Surgical Technology International found that if the head is tilted at just 15 degrees forward, the force on the cervical spine and supporting muscles doubles to around 12kg. The further forward the head is tilted, the greater the force on the spine:
- 30 degrees = 18kg of pressure on the cervical spine
- 45 degrees = 22kg of pressure on the cervical spine
- 60 degrees = 27kg of pressure on the cervical spine
That’s a lot of pressure for both the cervical spine and soft tissue structures in the neck to withstand, particularly for long periods of time.
If you are an avid smartphone user and are experiencing neck symptoms, we can help. Our highly skilled Physiotherapists and Massage Therapists will assess the cause of your pain and implement a treatment plan for your neck including joint mobilisation, soft/deep tissue massage, acupuncture and postural/ergonomic advice to prevent ongoing problems.
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