More of us are developing neck pain from smartphones and other handheld devices. More than likely, you are bending your head forward in a slouched position looking at those screens for long periods of time between working on your computer and using your smartphone. In fact, when you bend your head to a 60 degree angle, it’s the equivalent of carrying an 8 year old child around your neck for hours per day. We are spending an average of 2-4 hours per day with our heads tilted, reading and texting on smartphones.
Your neck muscles and upper back muscles (trapezius) can tense and lead to neck pain and headaches. In time, the discs in the neck can tear, causing pain, inflammation, and later disc herniation. Download and practice these exercises that can help relieve neck pain the next time you are texting for too long: