How can I avoid texters neck?

Hello Joanna from Cram osteopaths calling all people that are addicted to their phone. Number one posture you see in any social setting is people sitting looking at their phones and having a horrible curve at the back of the neck. If you asked me, ‘is using your phone bad for your neck?’ The short answer is, ‘of course’ it’s not a good posture to sit in. But how can we avoid it when we rely so much on our phones? So there’s a couple of things you can do. One is if you’re just reading on the phone, try to have it at eye level. If it’s a quick text, just bring it out in front of you. If you find that difficult and you’re wanting to read a body of text. You can get a pop socket which fits onto the back of the phone. It’s a circular disc and it’s a nice easy way to hold your phone, it can also help to reduce wrist strain. If you’re using an iPad at home and you’re watching TV and also reading on the iPad a few cushions on the lap placing the iPad slightly higher up. You will still be looking down, but not at such a severe angle. Be careful though, especially if you spend an hour like that. There is risk of injury such as soft tissue damage, disc damage and also irritation of all of these small joints that we have in the neck.
So frequent breaks from using the phone and watching your posture and hopefully that will keep you right. If you are suffering with neck pain and you’re not sure whether it’s related to looking at flat screens too much or not then don’t hesitate to get in touch with us and one of our lovely osteopaths will take good care of you.