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Tips to Prevent Text Neck Syndrome during Lockdown Period

Updated on April 29, 2020
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Being a physiotherapist it is important for me to stay fit and promote more fitness so as to have a disease free population!

We all are well aware that cell phones and laptops are highly used technological devices. Using these devices is not at all wrong. Many of us use electronic devices for purpose of our work. But what matters is the way you use your phone and electronic appliances and how your body alignment is while using them. On the top of that, due to lockdown people are busy working from home and faulty body alignment while doing the work causes increase in the amount of neck problems. And this is the reason you should know about 'Text Neck Syndrome'.

What is Text Neck Syndrome?

The term 'Text Neck’ was first coined by a US chiropractor Dr Dean L. Fishman. He referred Text Neck to be an injury caused by repetitive stress or overuse syndrome where head and neck posture is stuck forward by looking at your phone for long hours. It is a cause of habitual and continuous alignment of ‘head-down’ or 'forward-head' posture. Eventual pain and incorrect posture leads to Text Neck Syndrome.

How does Text Neck Syndrome affect us?

Text Neck Syndrome causes further complications of posture like thoracic kyphosis which is increase convex curvature of upper back, protruded shoulders due to habitual posture, spasm in upper neck region muscles and weakness in lower neck muscles. Due to this compensatory and incorrect posture, the spine at neck region becomes painful. Over a period of time, this habitual posture might lead to formation of permanent deformity. Also forward head posture can be a cause of severe cervical spondylosis. Hence it is important to correct it with proper ergonomics and exercises at the earliest.

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Ways to get rid of Text Neck Syndrome

Can you stop using your phones and laptops forever? No! But there are solutions to which you can prevent Text Neck syndrome. Pain at the neck region can be an important sign to look after your posture when you are performing different activities. Before this posture turns into a deformity, it is necessary to correct something that you are doing wrong. So let us see how can to prevent further damage to our neck. Here are three simple techniques to heal your neck pain.

1. Be aware of your Posture

Posture is the most important aspect to work on. Be aware of your posture while doing your work on laptop and while using cell phone. When you hold your phone, hold it in a way that it is in line with your eyes. Hence, you won't have to bend down to look at your phone. Same goes while doing work on your laptop.

A confident person posture is always a straight spine and chin up!

2. Neck Exercise

One of the most important exercise to correct the forward head posture and to reduce pain is tucking your chin behind. This exercise cause correction of cervical spine posture and realigns the muscles reducing its spasm. The compensatory tightness and weakness of neck extensors and flexors is corrected. There are different ways to do this exercise.

  • Sitting in upright position with or without back support and tucking your chin inside and neck and head behind as demonstrated in the image. It is advisable to take a back support like a low back chair so as to prevent leaning behind.
  • If difficult to perform this exercise as above, stand against the wall and press your head behind so that the back of your head touches the wall.
  • Another easier way to do this exercise is lie on your bed and have a towel roll or thin pillow underneath your head. Press your head against the pillow.

Tip: Performing exercise in front of a mirror gives you a feedback if you are doing the exercise correctly.

3. Stretches

Stretches are for tight muscles around your neck and shoulder girdle region. Due to the faulty alignment, the forward head posture causes tightness of anterior shoulder muscles and posterior neck muscles. Hence, these self stretches relieves the tightness and simultaneously does active strengthening of your shoulder girdle muscles. Performing these stretching exercises with holds for 15–20 counts is always beneficial.

During lockdown, you can take time out for doing these simple exercises. But once lockdown ends and routine work starts, it might seem difficult. But these are very simple exercises and can be done while you are at your workplace or whenever you take a break from household chores. Taking out 10–15 minutes for your body will benefit yourself in a longer run. For severe pain or any medical conditions please consult your physician and physiotherapist personally for a medical clearance. Take care of your health and stay safe!

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2020 Natasha Tungare

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    • Eurofile profile image

      Liz Westwood 

      3 weeks ago from UK

      This is a very timely and helpful article. It has really made me think more about my posture.

    • Natasha Tungare profile imageAUTHOR

      Natasha Tungare 

      3 weeks ago from India

      Thank you so much Prantika di. Yes you are right. Exercise is the solution and if you exercise, your neck muscle pains will vanish

    • Nella DiCarlo profile image

      Nella DiCarlo 

      3 weeks ago from Guelph, Ontario

      Informative article! Thanks for sharing these helpful tips

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      Gopal Anand 

      3 weeks ago

      I talk of 24 minutes for the body every day out of aday of 24 hours.This includes sukshma vyayam which everyone can do .

      Here author has nicely explained with pictures the neck position in viewing the mobile phone and various related exercises which everyone should follow religiously.

    • Natasha Tungare profile imageAUTHOR

      Natasha Tungare 

      3 weeks ago from India

      Exactly @Prateek!! Now that you know what mistakes you are doing, you can definitely try out above methods and get rid of neck pain. Feel free to connect:)

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      AndazeAkash 

      3 weeks ago

      What an awesome one ma'am. Information is very valuable. The article is so informative. I have no words for the pictures. What the beautiful pictures they are. Your article is so useful for us in the context of this period as we all are spending so much time on screen. Keep sharing such type of valuable stuff.

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      Halemane Muralikrishna 

      3 weeks ago from South India

      I have been concious and was advicing many to keep the chair position low and keep mobile phone up on table as an alternative to sustain long hours of reading. But youngsters hardly realise and develop pain on various body parts later on. Thank you Ms Natasha for such a wonderful article with postures depicting suggestions.

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      Niks 

      3 weeks ago from India

      A good piece of information about the neck syndrome followed by some really helpful neck exercises. I will include these exercises in my regular workouts. Thanks for sharing such a valuable hub. Looking forward to reading more hubs from you about health and fitness. Keep sharing.

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      Prantika Samanta 

      3 weeks ago from Kolkata, India

      This is an excellent and informative article. During the lockdown period, I am using my mobile phone a lot for watching a movie, web series, and music videos; attending virtual meetings or webinars; reading news or different articles; or staying connected through social media. My neck pains sometimes. Thank you for coming up with an important article. I will follow your instructions diligently and get rid off the pain.

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      Prateek Jain 

      3 weeks ago from Madhya Pradesh, India

      This is really very informative article. Today the situations are getting worse in terms of neck pain and back pain. The main reason of neck pain is using smartphone for hours for watching web series for playing games. I too like watching web series for hours and feel the pain in my neck sometimes. You have very well explained the the practical exercises with the use of personalised images. These images help us to understand the practical aspect of exercise easily. Thank you for sharing this valuable information this is really very useful for me personally. I will surely start your suggested exercises by tomorrow and try to to lift my chin up while using smartphone or laptop.

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