Text Neck (Upper Cross Syndrome)
Technology today is causing an epidemic of poor posture and neck strain, and it's starting at a young age.
Consider the angle of the head while texting, using a laptop or tablet, or playing on a hand-held device.
It hangs low and gets lower as time elapses. The weight equivalent to a bowling ball is straining our necks when we are bent forward as such. The impact on the cervical spine is unhealthy and painful, and can lead to misalignment or injury.
This chronic forward head posture, or flexion, over a prolonged period of time can cause 'text neck,' or a muscle imbalance in the upper body know as Upper Cross Syndrome. In this state, there is a weakening and lengthening of the upper back / neck muscles, offset by a tightening and shortening of the the chest / front neck muscles.
Specially prescribed exercises, extensions and stretches specifically target the muscles in need of strengthening can help with Upper Cross Syndrome. These exercises are designed to balance out the musculature of the upper body and neck and relieve the achy, sore sensations that are caused by 'text neck.'