How many hours per day do you spend looking down at your phone? More than you probably think. Leaning your head just 60 degrees forwards can add up to 60lbs of pressure to your neck and spine.
What is Text Neck?
Text neck has been dubbed as the term which describes the neck pain and damage that is sustained from looking down at your mobile phone, tablet or any other device for too often and too long.
Contrary to popular belief, text neck does not solely occur as a result of texting too much. It has been a problem for years before the popularisation of the mobile phone; we’re all guilty of looking down to read a book!
However, with four out of five UK adults now owning a smartphone, text neck is an issue that continues to rise.
What are the Symptoms of Text Neck?
Common symptoms of text neck often include neck pain and soreness. However, looking down too much during the day can also cause:
Chronic upper back pain
Shoulder pain and tightness
Pain radiating down your arm and into your hand.
How is Text Neck Associated with the Pelvic Floor?
Your core muscles all work together to stabilise your spine and provide a base for your body’s movement. This includes the muscles within your back, hips, abdomen and pelvic floor. Therefore, keeping these muscles strong is the best way to support your upper back and neck.
If you struggle to perform pelvic floor exercises manually, as 50% of women do, you can try using an electronic pelvic toner to do the work for you! The Kegel8 Ultra 20 Electronic Pelvic Toner has 20 clinically designed programmes to help tone, support and strengthen your pelvic floor – all with the push of a button – try it today!
Not only does using the Kegel8 Ultra 20 Electronic Pelvic Toner help to strengthen your pelvic floor, it can also:
Provide relief for pelvic pain
Manage pelvic organ prolapse
And as an added bonus, it also increases sexual sensation
How Can You Prevent Text Neck?
Kegel! – It’s important to keep your core strong in order to support the upper body and prevent text neck. Your core includes both your pelvic floor and abdominal muscles. To do this make sure you are exercising your pelvic floor daily. You can learn how to do manual exercises here. However for a stronger, more effective workout, try neuromuscular electronic stimulation (NMES) for noticeable results within weeks and regain control today with the Kegel8 Ultra 20 Electronic Pelvic Toner.
Exercise regularly – Ensuring that your back and neck are strong and flexible is a way to guarantee that you are able withhold any extra pressure put on your neck by looking down too much.
Perfect your posture – Standing up straight, with your chin tucked in and your shoulders pulled back, can help to keep the body aligned in the optimal position. If you’re struggling to maintain good posture, try wearing a posture corrector until you learn how.
Take a break – Try and get away from any type of head-forward posture for a while. If it’s something you’ll easily forget about, try setting an alarm or using an app to set automatic reminders to take a break.
Hold the phone – Ensure that any device that you are using is at eye level so that you do not need to tilt your head forward.
Original Article: Kegel8 Website
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