Texting’s a pain in the neck
MOBILE phone users are being urged to give up texting and call their friends — or get voice-activated assistants to do their work — to help prevent neck injuries.
Doctors have noticed an increase in neck and finger injuries related to texting.
Known as “trigger thumb” and “text neck”, the conditions can cause pain, headaches and tightness, and are caused by constant scrolling and typing on touch screens.
Melbourne physiotherapist Ross Wettenhall warned it was only going to get worse.
“No one raises a phone so it’s eye level. Even I am probably guilty of that,” he said.
“Our head comes forward on our shoulders and our shoulders round.
“I’ve seen an increase in neck injuries to do with the sustained posture.”
The Melbourne Physiotherapy Group practitioner said it was hard to avoid text neck or trigger thumb, but the specialist recommended using voice technology where possible to avoid the overuse.
“Try to call the person you are texting or you can ask Siri to do things too,” Mr Wettenhall said.