Tex­ting’s a pain in the neck

Sunday Herald Sun - - News - TAMSIN ROSE AND JANE HANSEN

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.

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