There have been a couple of stories in the media over last few days about ‘iHunch’ or ‘text neck’, talking about how physiotherapists are seeing an increase in patients presenting with neck and upper-back issues related to the use of cellphones and other handheld devices. Little research has been done into the impact of handheld devices on the body. We believe that this is about more than just technology use. Maintaining prolonged static postures, a sedentary lifestyle and limited physical activity/exercise are not good for our health and can contribute to neck and back issues. Whenever you are in a fixed position for too long, your muscles are under stress. It could be sitting at a desk for 6 hours straight, working on a production line or using your cellphone for extended periods.
It is not about ditching technology, but about making sure people and particularly children are educated about not putting the body into fixed postures for extended periods and encouraging them to break up their day with movement/physical activity.
Tips on how to keep moving during the day
Physiotherapists can help
If you are having issues with your neck or upper-back, a physiotherapist can help you not only relieve the symptoms, but also identify the cause, and provide advice on how to avoid these issues recurring.
If you spend extended periods using cellphones or other handheld devices, a physiotherapist can provide advice on how to avoid ‘iHunch’. Likewise, if you are unsure if you have good posture, a physiotherapist will be able to examine your posture and provide guidance tailored for you.
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