Mobile phone users are increasingly suffering from a new condition, dubbed ‘text neck’, due to the amount of time they spend hunched over the gadgets, say experts.
According to them, the affliction, caused by flexing the neck for extended periods of time, can be a forerunner of arthritic damage if it goes without treatment. In severe cases, it may get painful to even straighten the neck out properly.
“Keeping the neck and head stretched forwards for long periods could eventually cause the natural curvature of the neck to reverse, potentially leading to serious health problems,” The Daily Telegraph quoted Rachael Lancaster, of Freedom Back Clinics in Leeds, as saying.
Children are most at risk as their heads are larger in relation to their body size than adults. Women with slender necks should also be careful about their posture. However, experts say that text neck can be avoided by taking regular screen breaks, and looking straight ahead while tucking the chin back towards the neck every few minutes. Also, by doing regular neck and shoulder exercises, one can avoid such health related problem.