Sexual Health

COULD ‘TEXT NECK’ AFFECT YOUR SEXUAL FUNCTIONING AS WELL AS YOUR SPINE?

COULD ‘TEXT NECK’ AFFECT YOUR SEXUAL FUNCTIONING AS WELL AS YOUR SPINE?

Text Neck

Bending your neck forward to look at your smart phone is not being labeled yoga for the neck but rather TEXT NECK.

According to Hansraj, chief of spine surgery at New York Spine Surgery and Rehabilitation Medicine

It is an epidemic !

Tom DiAngelis, president of the American Physical Therapy Association‘s Private Practice Section, told CNN that the effect is similar to bending a finger all the way back and holding it there for about an hour.

Ouch, seriously no wonder my neck hurts.
But why?

“As you stretch the tissue for a long period of time, it gets sore, it gets inflamed,” Tom DiAngelis said. “It can also cause muscle strain, pinched nerves, herniated disks and, over time, it can even remove the neck’s natural curve.”

Bending your neck forward to look at your smart phone is not being labeled yoga for the neck but rather 'Text neck.'

REPETATIVE USE CAN AFFECT ALL OF US

A few years ago I took my then 16 year old son to the GP to talk about his neck ache and the intermittent headaches he’d been experiencing. I was a bit surprised when she suggested he take his shirt off. Mainly because he’s very body conscious of his slim frame.

What we discovered surprised me.

You see he was a bit of a gamer (played games online). Which meant that his primary exercise outside of the usual was to move his right wrist and fingers slightly around for hours on end.

His slim frame allowed us to see the significant muscle development around his shoulder and down his back, on the right side of his body, but not on his left.

You could just see it.

Which is why this reminder in the Washington Post article about ‘text neck’ got my attention.

Naturally me being me "Text Neck" got me thinking about sex.
Fai.

Let’s Brainstorm Text Neck and Sex

To encourage you to be more aware of you ‘text neck’ posture, I thought we could brainstorm some ways in which ‘text neck’ could affect your sex lives.

  • Being in pain could potentially distract you away from wanting sex.
  • When we’re in pain we can feel more tired, affecting our motivation to engage in intimacy and our motivation to have sex.
  • If our discomfort causes us stress, this can influence our desire and our capacity to become deeply aroused.
  • Female Orgasms: Those of you who have ever felt stiffness around your neck and down your spine may have noticed that it can interfere with orgasm. This happens when you create tension in your body as you’re reaching orgasm. The tension pain, can also feel like sharp daggers distracting you so badly that  you can’t really orgasm. In other word the pain  kicks in just as things are getting good.
  • For some people neck and back pain may stop the from engaging in trying to reach orgasm because the tension itself often leaves them feeling more sore and uncomfortable the next day so they find themselves avoiding it.
  • We can often miss the link between the way our bodies are affecting our sexual functioning. For example: In some cases erectile functioning, ejaculatory control,  female pain disorders and our ability to orgasm are significantly linked to the way our pelvic muscles and our body functions.

If nothing else motivates you to notice how you’re moving your body, I’m hoping that sex will.

Have you experienced text neck?

Have you ever had any neck or back pain that's affected you sexually?
If you have, it would be amazing if you could share some of your experiences with us.

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