‘Text neck’ syndrome

I recently had an MRI to work out why I have been getting pain at the top of my neck. It transpired that there is nothing specifically wrong with my back or neck, but the consultant suggested that posture has a lot to do with it and so some physiotherapy appointments were booked. 

Interestingly, I was also asked how often I use a phone and when I explained my usage, it was suggested that this could also be a major factor and this was the part that truly struck home for me. 

You can read more about ‘Text neck’ syndrome in the latest issue of How It Works and for some of you, it could prove to be a very beneficial read-

Whether you’re trying to get to the next level of Angry Birds, or having an emoji-filled text conversation with your friends, looking at your smartphone for long periods of time could be doing serious damage to your neck.

As we tend to hold our phones at chest or waist height, we tilt our heads forward to be able to see the screen. This isn’t so bad if you’re just checking the occasional message or weather update, but with smartphone users spending an estimated two to four hours a day looking down at their phones – equivalent to one or two months a year – the problem gets much worse.



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