How to Alleviate Neck Stiffness From Cradling Your Phone

    Simple self treatment practices can help alleviate the tightness and pain.

    Holding your phone between your ear and your shoulder places a strain on the muscles in your beck, upper back and shoulders. Symptoms of cradling your phone include tightness and pain on one side of your neck only, which feels better with stretching. Normally, this can be resolved quickly.


    • Perform regular stretches
    • Neck muscle strengthening exercises
    • Use a speaker or headphones instead of tilting your head to wedge your phone

    Over time, this strain on your posture can shorten the muscles on one side of the neck, causing tightness and muscle imbalance.

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