Okay, so texting syndrome is not a 'real diagnosis' and you won't find this code in any medical billings. But look around! How many people do you see right now looking at their cell phones texting with a slouched back, rounded shoulders, and flexed head looking down? Do notice the same observation seeing your loved ones using a computer?
We have entered the technological age where we are dependent on our computers and cell phones. The average american will spend 8 hours each day looking at some sort of screen whether its their computer, cell phone, or TV. For most of us, this means that for a large portion of our day, we are fixated in this poor posture that overtime causes serious pain and discomfort.
This is why we must be conscious about our posture and body position throughout the day. Our head should be over our shoulders, not flexed forward beyond our shoulders. Every inch that our head goes forward, our lower neck and upper back muscles have to work extra hard to support the weight of your head. Overtime this leads to a strain on your muscles and can result in a constant dull, achy pain.
Our shoulders should be relaxed, back, and downwards. Our neutral position or ‘happy zone’ for our shoulders can be found by placing your two hands in your back pockets. While they’re there make a mental note of where your shoulder blades are. Now when you take your hands out of your back pocket, try and leave your shoulder blades in that position. This is a much more balanced position and will take strain off your upper back and shoulders.
While at the computer make sure you pull your chair in. You should avoid having to reach your arms out to use the keyboard or mouse. Think 90 degree angles. You should maintain a 90 degree angle at your elbows, hips, and knees. Have your monitor at head level so your head and neck can look at a neutral position instead of having to constantly look down at the computer.
Lastly, when using your computer either at home or at work, avoid long periods of sitting. Take a break every hours to sit up, stretch, and walk around to avoid this texting syndrome!