The condition is called ‘text neck’ because it is often caused when people sit with their heads dropped forward looking at their devices for several hours at a time. Instead of a normal forward curve, patients can be seen to have a backwards curve. It can be degenerative, often causing head, neck, shoulder and back pain.
After I taught my 13-year-old niece Maya to Nordic Walk, the changes to her posture were visible immediately. Nordic Walking encourages an upright posture, opens the chest and strengthens the upper back postural muscles – effectively counteracting the damaging impact of postural changes due to too much time looking down at devices. The other bonus is that it’s impossible to use a mobile phone while Nordic Walking!
What Maya said...”I didn’t have very good posture and I always had injuries from sport. Over the four days we were at the coast I learnt to Nordic walk and ended up walking approximately 25km in total because Nordic walking made walking so much fun. Already I have felt changes in my posture and I have had less pain from injuries since I started Nordic walking. For me Nordic walking was heaps of fun. Now I love going for walks and I can finally stand up straight without thinking about it. Thank you Aunty Kristen for teaching me and I highly recommend it.”