How Texting May Cause Long-Term Damage to Your Neck and Back

Young businessman with his arms stretched upwards looking at laptop display


In previous eras, doctors who specialize in the treatment of back and neck pain were used to seeing patients in their late 60s who were experiencing pain in those areas of the body due to a lifetime of wear and tear. However, as this Times of India piece points out doctors all over the planet and are now seeing increasing numbers of back and neck patients coming in who are in their late teens and early 20s. As all avid smartphone users can probably guess, this surge in back and neck pain complaints among younger people is largely due to the near ubiquity of handheld mobile internet-enabled electronic devices.

While it may not seem like craning our heads down to reply to a text message or a Facebook comment several times a day will result in anything harmful, all of that contorting puts a great deal of excess stress on our back and neck muscles. If all that strain is left untreated, it can result in long-term damage that will leave you in persistent pain with a greatly curtailed range of movement. That’s why it’s important to hold your smart phones and tablets at an angle that doesn’t require you to contort your neck to see them and to stretch and massage your back and neck muscles regularly to keep them from growing knotted intense.

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