In 2017, the number of smartphone users in Australia was around 18.6 million. This number was forecasted to reach 21.5 million by 2025 which means about 80 percent of Australians will have a phone in their hand. Everywhere you look people are looking down at their mobile phone; at the bus stop, on the train, at a cafe or even walking on the street.
We have some very open ended questions we ask any client that visits one of our physiotherapy clinics in Penshurst, Maroubra or Concord if they come to see us about neck pain
As we explained earlier when you look down to use your phone you are asking your body to hold your head in a position that it wasn’t really designed for. This head, neck and shoulder placement is actually creating an incorrect posture which then places strain on the neck and shoulders as you look down. When this is combined for sitting for long periods you have a recipe that leads to back, neck and shoulder pain which over time can lead to longer term complications.
A warm shower, tiger balm or a heat pack might give you some short term pain relief, but it means you are ignoring the underlying problem that is being caused.
Switch physiotherapy has clinics in Sydney that can help you reduce neck or shoulder pain not only from mobile phone use but helping you look at other contributing factors. Our physio team are very experienced and take an evidence based approach to physical therapy treatment for neck pain.
This means we don’t look at a single cause, we explore the other things going on in your life that could also be contributing to the neck pain to then help create a personalised treatment plan for your situation.
Apart from using your mobile phone too much we might discover that;
Some physiotherapists might ignore all these other areas and treat the initial cause to give you short term relief, but we like to work on medium to long term solutions to get you moving the way you are meant to. So some of the things we would do to help assess and reduce neck pain would be;
Ergonomic assessment; An ergonomic assessment involves a detailed assessment of an office work station. The aim of the assessment is to be able to decide the ideal size, shape and height set up for a computer chair and desk. This will differ for all individuals. So for example, if a husband and wife both work from home then they will need different set ups based on different height, weight and body types. A successful ergonomic assessment is important to prevent injuries from occurring and enhancing work productivity.
Advice on exercises and stretches; once we have reached a deep understanding of your situation and all the contributing factors to your neck pain we can help craft a range of exercises and stretches that will help manage the pain but also improve movement.
Hands on therapy; our experienced physio team can provide hands on therapy treatment to help reduce the amount of neck pain you are experiencing. This would be done together with a treatment plan