Stiff Neck: Physical Therapy on "Text Neck"


Text neck is the newest term for pain in your neck that is caused by using a handheld device like a smartphone or small tablet. It occurs when you are gazing down you handheld device and keeping your neck in a forward position for long hours while internet surfing, texting, or reading from your smartphone.


Nowadays people, young and old,are obsessed by smartphones and computer screens. You may notice that your neck is starting to hurt while you are using your device.


Common symptoms of text neck include:

  • Pain in your neck
  • Stiffness in your neck or difficulty lifting your head up after looking down for long periods of time
  • Numbness or tingling in your arm, hand, or fingers
  • Pain radiating to one side of your neck, shoulder blade, or arm
  • Weakness in your arm or hand

Physical Therapy

Common treatments for text neck from physical therapist include:

Modification of Aggravating Factors

Since text neck is caused by flexing your head forward while using a handheld device, you may need some special holders and devices to prop up your tablet while working to help keep your neck in a more neutral position.

Postural Correction

Since text neck is caused by keeping your neck in a forward flexed position, you need to attain and maintain proper posture. This can help take the stress off your neck and can help minimize your pain.

Like to use some gadget like laptop mount stand to avoid over stress on the neck muscle.


Maintaining your neck in a forward position while texting is likely causing your text neck, so you may need some exercises to counteract the increased stress and pressure that this causes. 

 Like some yoga roller can help to make your muscle relax.

Warm Therapy

As the text neck is hurting now, you can take some auxiliary treatment on your neck to relieve the pains. You may have some  hot water bottle or heating pad or Seedze Relief to ease the stiff neck.

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