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 victims of what is now known as "text neck".
Text neck is the phenomenon caused as a result of poor posture when using your smartphone. Ahmad Inam, a physiotherapist at Medcare Physiotherapy & Rehabilitation Centre, explains that this poor posture, specifically the "forward head position, is what causes the tension and muscle pain, which many of us experience, especially 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 the common cause of neck pain and muscle tension," Inam explains.
If not corrected, Ul Haque reveals that the pain could spread to your shoulders, upper back, arms, and in some cases, cause headaches. He adds that it can also trigger the feeling of weakness, numbness, and tingling in your arms.