If "text neck" is pain due to looking down to text, why isn't it commonly understood that joint movement, the culprit, is what needs addressing? Do text neck sufferers lose strength in their neck muscles? Do they lose neuromuscular control in their necks? Do they lose strength in their scapular muscles, or get tight muscles?
No. All of a sudden, or over time, the person started moving his/her neck joints down into flexion more than before while texting or otherwise using a smartphone (sometimes hours a day).
Addressing that - the cause - is almost always the way to a successful outcome. Addressing strength, neuromuscular control, muscle length, and referred symptoms with electricity and other modalities might help for a bit, but unless you specifically get those joints moving well again and stop irritating them as much, the problem will likely persist. You want to fix the cause, not the symptoms.
It’s so striking to me that others don’t perceive this as a clear problem of movement in a specific direction (neck flexion) that can be remedied with movement in another direction (usually the opposite direction). I’ll grant that other problems in fact caused by joint movement are not so obvious, but this example is, to me, so clear cut. Robin McKenzie stumbled upon this powerful realization over half a century ago: most orthopedic problems can be fixed with joint movements, usually just in one direction. -- Laura
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