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Text Neck Syndrome: A New Epidemic of neck pain

Recent studies prove that the neck and head posture we adapt to browse information on the phone, type messages and view various content, the so-called text neck syndrome, is already a global public health problem. 

The incidence of neck pain has increased significantly over the past decade, and it can be said that the phenomenon is as common as back pain. Technological advances know no age, so neck and back pain once linked to aging is now affecting younger and younger people. 

Researchers in 2022, published in. Acta Medica Academica notes that this is a public health problem that has significantly increased in prevalence, regardless of age. 

The main culprit, of course, is the widespread use of computers and cell phones, causing us to chronically have our heads moved forward relative to our shoulders. Also alarming is the fact that neck problems are increasingly affecting children as well. 

When the weight of the head is shifted forward, the gravitational pull increases, which puts tension on the muscles, joints and ligaments of the neck and cervical spine. Bad posture habits perpetuated in childhood can lead to more serious problems in adulthood. 

Abnormal body alignment associated with the neck leads to dysfunctional movement patterns, impairs the ability to maintain balance, and can even lead to respiratory, cardiovascular or nervous system dysfunction. A head extended forward causes the upper chest to expand and the lower chest to contract, which leads to reduced breathing ability. 

Text neck syndrome is triggered when we look down for long periods of time. An estimated 75% of the world’s population leans over their mobile devices for hours a day. And that’s a simple path to postural distortion. 

Interestingly, many people do not make the connection between proper posture and health at all. The reality, however, is quite different. Posture is our most important structure because it holds the body in its various positions, ensuring proper function. 

Correct position during sleep

An important factor that affects neck disorders is the position during sleep. 

Sleeping on the side in a C-like position can greatly accelerate the development of cervical conditions. And even more so when most of the day is spent in an incorrect posture. 

To relieve pressure on the cervical region and the entire spine, we recommend sleeping on the back. This is the best position for resting and relieving pressure on all internal organs. Combined with the properties of the Sovea thermoelastic mattress and attention to your posture during the day, neck and spine pains will not be your worry. 

Can the damage be reversed?

Fortunately, you can. Many specialists point to the positive impact of yoga and exercises to improve head posture. The type of mattress and the right pillow are also influential. 

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