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Brock University Students: Understanding Text Neck

Brock University Students: Understanding Text Neck

Is your cell phone giving you a literal pain in the neck? Here’s how Brock University students can avoid the dreaded ‘text neck’.

Most Brock University students will spend a large portion of their day looking at their cell phones or at their computer screens. What they don’t realize is the toll it takes on their bodies. Leaning over the phone or reading and typing on a computer for so many hours a day with their head and arms in the same position can be detrimental to their physical health.

The injuries and pain caused by keeping the head, neck, hands and arms in the same position are considered a repetitive strain injuries. This type of injury can be extremely painful depending on the severity of the situation. A very common injury is occurring with cell phone users, it is what is referred to as “text neck“. Text neck is not only caused by looking at your cell phone but also from staring too long at a computer screen that is slightly lower than eye level or playing video games.

How does text neck feel

Text neck can take on a few different forms depending on the person. For some people, it feels like a severe neck strain. For others, it may be accompanied by a headache and/or tingling in the arms and hands. Some people report feeling jaw and upper back pain. In some cases, individuals report associated eye strain. If left unchecked, patients could find themselves with long term muscle and nerve damage. It could even cause lifelong posture and breathing problems.

How can you avoid text neck

Experts agree the best way to avoid this condition is to look up. They recommend that cell phone users take frequent breaks, look away from their phones and keep their shoulders up and back to encourage good posture. During breaks, there are a few exercise that you can do to help relieve any stress or strain you might feel in your neck or upper back suck as chest openers, neck rolls and consciously bring your head back and over your spine while sitting up straight. If symptoms persist, you should consult a medical professional.

The future of combating text neck

There are gadgets out there to help you avoid text neck. Medical professionals recommend that if you spend a significant amount of time in front of a screen, you should try to find a way to put the screen at eye level such as using a standing desk or a tablet holder. If you can employ software that provides speech to text recognition, consider using it in lieu of spending long hours typing. Of course, the best way to provide relief is to take frequent breaks, not spend long hours in front of a screen and exercise to strengthen your all your upper body muscles.

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