Chiropractors: Mobile phone users suffering from ‘text neck’
A new condition dubbed “text neck” is on the rise due to the amount of time people spend hunched over their mobile phone and tablet computer screens, chiropractors have warned.
The affliction, caused by flexing the neck for extended periods of time, can be a forerunner of permanent arthritic damage if it goes without treatment.
Cases of the repetitive strain injury are on the rise as smart phones and tablet computers such as the iPad become increasingly popular, experts said.
In severe cases the muscles can eventually adapt to fit the flexed position, making it painful to straighten the neck out properly.
One chiropractor said her company had treated thousands of patients for the condition, which can also result in headaches and shoulder, arm and wrist pain.
Rachael Lancaster, of Freedom Back Clinics in Leeds, said: “Text neck is caused by the neck being flexed for a prolonged period of time.
“Sufferers are increasing as the use of smart phones and tablet computers become more popular.”
The condition occurs because the joints and tissue in the neck are not built to withstand being flexed for long periods, and spending hours peering down at a screen puts them under too much stress, she added.
“Imagine sitting on your ankle sideways for 10 minutes. It would feel stiff and sore when you returned it to its natural position.
“That is exactly what people are doing with their necks. If people continue to put their necks in these positions, the body will gradually adapt to the stresses…”