If Your Smartphone is Giving You Neck and Shoulder Pain – This Expert’s Tips are Here to Help
Raise your hand if your neck hurts. Interesting. Now, raise your hands if you've noticed that your neck hurts more after using your smartphone. Interesting, very interesting. It looks like we are all victims of what is now known as "text neck".
According to Ahmad Inam, a physiotherapist at Medcare Physiotherapy & Rehabilitation Centre, text neck is a phenomenon caused as a result of poor posture when using your smartphone. Inam elaborates that it is this poor posture, more specifically the "forward head" position, that causes the tension and muscle pain that many of us experience after using our phones for prolonged periods.
"When your head is in the forward position, it increases the load and chronic stress exerted on the muscles located at the back of your neck. The constant exertion of these neck muscles is a common cause of neck pain and muscle tension," Inam explains.
If not corrected, the pain could spread to your shoulders, upper back, arms, and, can, in some cases, cause headaches. It can even trigger the feeling of weakness, numbness, and tingling in your arms.