Text Neck Syndrome

Text neck is a Modern age term coined to describe repeated stress injury and pain in the neck resulting from excessive watching or texting on hand held devices over a sustained period of time. It is also often known as Turtle Neck posture.
The increased prevalence of these pains is due to the increasing popularity and hours people spend on handheld devices such as smartphones, e-readers and tablets.
This condition is also a growing lifestyle and health condition with the constant growth in mobile user population all over the world. Apart from neck pain, it can also cause shoulder pain, upper back pain, headaches and increased thoracic kyphosis. (also known as roundback or hunchback, is a condition in which the spine in the upper back has an excessive curvature. The upper back, or thoracic region of the spine, is supposed to have a slight natural curve.)

Signs and Symptoms of Text Neck
The most common presentation of Text Neck is neck pain, stiffness and soreness. The main symptoms include
• Stiff neck: soreness and difficulty in moving the neck is usually present when trying to move the neck after long usages
• Pain: can be localized to one spot or may be diffused over an area, usually lower part of the neck. Can be described as dull aching or can also be sharp or stabbing in extreme cases
• Radiating pain: there can often be radiation of pain into the shoulders and arms.
• Muscular weakness: shoulders muscles namely, trapezius, rhomboids and shoulder external rotators are often weak
• Headache: sub-occipital muscle tightness can lead to tension type headaches.

In addition to these common symptoms there can also be:
• Flattening of thoracic kyphosis
• Early onset arthritis
• Spinal degeneration
• Disc compression
• Muscle weakness
• Loss of lung capacity

Management
Prevention is the key when it comes to Text-Neck. Following suggestions should be kept in mind while using smartphones or other hand held devices:
1. Avoid excessive usage and take frequent breaks
2. Avoid prolonged static postures
3. Position the device such that it reduces stresses both on the head/neck and the upper extremities
4. Avoid high repetitions of movements such as prolonged typing or swiping
5. Avoid holding large or heavy devices in one hand for long duration

Rehabilitation is found to be very effective in treating the stress injury resulting from Text Neck. Rehabilitation can be designed as a 2-4 week program starting with soft tissue mobilization, Grade 1 and 2 joint mobilization, active and passive stretches of tight muscles and progressing to muscle strengthening, posture retraining and home exercise program.[5]
In acute cases, pain relief is the main goal. It can be achieved by
• Regular neck movements: rotations and side bending
• Stretches: trapezius and levator
• Chin tuck exercises
• Ice/heat packs
• Massage

Physiotherapy and Massage Therapy

There is a widespread misconception about how physiotherapy and massage therapy are the same things. here’s the truth;

Physiotherapy is used to restore movement and function in people who have suffered some injury or experiencing any body pain. It is done with the help of therapeutic exercises and manual techniques and is practiced by registered medical professionals, known as physiotherapists.

Physiotherapy is used to treat:

  • Arthritis
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Back or neck sprain
  • Fracture
  • Injuries caused due to sports

Massage Therapy

Massage therapy is a hands-on technique that is mainly done to relax and feel good. It helps to reduce fatigue, tension and stress and also reduces pain.
The effectiveness of the massage lies in the hands of the masseur, who in most cases does not hold a medical degree for the same but is certified as a masseur.

Massage therapy is best suited for those who suffer from:

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Pain or stiffness due to intense workouts

Good Posture

Many times people will overlook the importance of GOOD POSTURE because either they don’t realise the benefits of good posture, or they’ll assume that their incorrect posture is due to genetics and therefore that they cannot change.

It would be a mistake to adopt either view because there are many benefits to correcting your posture and also, bad posture can be corrected through PHYSIOTHERAPY. If you do wish to correct your posture then it’s vital you identify correctly which type of incorrect posture you have developed.

One of the incorrect postures is described below -sway back

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