Avoid Text Neck

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How To Text Without Pain Part 2

Have you heard of the newest epidemic that you can see where ever you go? It’s called TEXT NECK! A British survey recently described how the recent smartphone explosion has left almost 1/4th of the population with pain in their neck, back, or shoulder. Do you know what they all have in common? Texting is their #1 way to stay connected!

Dr. Grace Walker, physical and occupational therapist and nutritionist, wants everyone to be aware how simply checking emails and the latest Facebook post can wear more and more on our bodies as time and technology advances!

Here are four more tips to avoid Text Neck:girl looking down at her phone

  1. Sit in an appropriate chair. You should be able to sit all the way back in your chair, with good back support, and have both feet flat on the floor.
  2. Sit with your head directly over your body. Avoid unconsciously leaning forward and putting strain on your neck and shoulders.
  3. Switch hands frequently and vary the fingers you use. Changing up what hand you use will give your body essential time to rest in between text messages.
  4. Frequently look away from the screen. By focusing on a distant object every 10 minutes will  help reduce eye fatigue.

Technology isn’t going to slow down and neither are we!  There will be more apps and faster gadgets, so its important to be conscious of how it affects your body. Don’t let an everyday action cause you pain everyday! 

Call Walker Physical Therapy and Pain Center to book a consultation if you already are experiencing pain similar to text neck! 

1111 W Town and Country Road Ste 1 

Orange, CA 92868

www.walkerpt.com 

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How to Text Without Pain

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Text Without Pain Today! Part 1Senior adult woman touching her phone's screen

In today’s day in age, people can’t go a few minutes without checking their cell phone for a new text or the latest email. Whether its texting, scrolling through Facebook, or playing your favorite game app its important to understand how these everyday activities can cause you pain. Hand injuries like carpal tunnel syndrome, tendonitis, and other ailments are common for people who use a handheld device often. The amount of prolonged grips, repetitive motion on small buttons, and awkward wrist movements add up over time and wear on your body.

Dr. Grace Walker, physical and occupational therapist and nutritionist, understands that most of her patients use handheld electronics for hours on end throughout their day and she wants to ensure they know how to stay pain free!  Technology is getting more advanced and the amount of features a cell phone can provide creates a bad cycle of heavy, extended device usage. As time goes on, more of the population could suffer from hand pain due to these advancements!

Tips to Remember!

  • If people have pain while using handheld electronics, they should stop. Pain is one of the ways the body lets people know they are overextending a particular muscle group.
  • Use a neutral grip when holding the device. A neutral grip is when the wrist is straight. It will allow for more ability for the wrist to move.
  • Take a break every few minutes or switch to another activity. Overuse of repetitive motions cans cause tendonitis of the elbow or lead to carpal tunnel syndrome.
  • If possible, people should place pillows in their laps and rest arms on pillows or use a device that is supported on a desk or tabletop. This will allow people to keep their head in an upright position and decrease neck strain. Using a pillow or desk also helps support the arms so they don’t have to be help up in the air.

 

Technology isn’t going to stop advancing, and neither are we! At Walker Physical Therapy and Pain Center our Hand Therapy program has helped patients for over 20 years! Don’t forget to stay tuned for more tips in our next post! 

Call today to book a free consultation (714)997-5518

1111 W Town and Country Road Ste 1

Orange, CA 92868

www.walkerpt.com

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Have a Pain in the Neck?

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Neck pain is the second most common reason for extended time off of work. According to Grace Walker, PT, DPT, OTD, the most common causes of neck pain are: poor posture, stress, sprains/strains, arthritis, and accidents. Neck pain can also result from back or shoulder problems so the key to successful physical therapy treatment is to evaluate and treat the surrounding areas. This results in more, long lasting relief. The benefits of physical therapy include returning to a pain free lifestyle, learning strategies to maintain results and relief from painful muscle spasms.

Neck Pain Do’s and Don’ts

  • Do use a hot pack or ice pack before bed.
  • Do check pillow height and type, feather (not down) pillows are the best.
  • Don’t sit for more than 20 minutes at a time.
  • Don’t look up or down for more than 2 minute durations.
  • Don’t hold your breath during exertion.Senior man neck

Text-Neck Epidemic

Be wary of  Text-Neck! Maybe your pain in the neck is being caused by electronic use. Almost a fourth of smart phone users have complained of neck, back, or shoulder pain when carrying or using gadgets. As it happens, texting is their number one way to stay connected! Another culprit contributing to neck and back pain is laptops. Given that we are not going to cut these luxuries out of our lives any time soon, it is crucial that we acknowledge the potential impact on our pressure points. Follow these Do’s and Don’ts to help avoid the pain!

  • Do sit with your head directly over your body instead of leaning forward and straining your neck.
  • Do carry a laptop case or bag over both shoulders and adjust the bag so it’s held close to your back.
  • Do keep your elbows and wrists supported while typing or texting by using armrests.
  • Don’t sit for more than 20 minutes at a time without getting up.
  • Don’t carry so many items in your bag all the time, only pack what you need each day.

Success Story: “I had neck and shoulder pain from stress and from sitting for long hours at work. Through the treatment and exercises that I was taught, I was able to relieve and prevent my neck and shoulder pain. My experience here also helped with my posture. I used to have really bad posture before and I sit and walk with better posture now.”                                               ~L. Rodriguez

 

 

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