December 2020 | Monthly News & Updates
Fall 2023 RCCA News Letter

Submitted by Kelli Jacobs

Kelli Jacobs Occupational Therapist | Certified Hand Therapist | Development Director 1993 – current at RCCA Certified Hand Therapist, CHT 1993, BS, FIU, Miami FL

Tech Neck / Text Neck

These terms are used to describe Anterior Head Syndrome or forward position of the head to the shoulders. 
This condition is becoming prevalent due to excessive use of computers, tablets, and mobile phones. 
Normal position is when the center of the ears line up directly over the shoulders.  

As we increase our time on various devices there is increased strain on the neck and this can lead to various symptoms:

  • Chronic headaches 
  • Upper back pain  
  • Shoulder pain  
  • Neck pain  
  • Increased curvature of the spine 

Some helpful hints:

  1. Take frequent breaks 
  2. Hold mobile devices at eye level so you are not straining the neck 
  3. Do corrective exercises daily 
  4. See below for some exercise suggestions

Cervical Retraction / Chin Tuck:Slowly draw your head back so that your ears line up with your shoulders.Hold 10 seconds, repeat 5 times. Perform daily.

Cervical Rotation:Turn your head towards the side, then return back to looking straight ahead.Hold 10 seconds, repeat 5 times. Repeat on the other side. Perform daily.

Scapular Retractions: Draw your shoulder blades back and down. Hold 10 seconds, repeat 5 times. Perform daily.

For additional information,please contact one of our Physical Therapists at info@rcca.org561.655.7266

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