Working with Text Neck – A Digital Age Epidemic @ OSTM Rochester
Date/Time: Saturday, October 5, 10-5:30
Location: Onondaga School of Therapeutic Massage
302 N. Goodman Street, Suite 200
Rochester, NY 14607
Instructor: Jessica Crow, LMT
Registration: Call 585-241-0070 to register. Visit ostm.edu for more details.
This is not an AMTA-NY class.
Text neck is being deemed a new worldwide epidemic that will only continue to grow as people spend more and more time working and playing on hand-held devices. What do you know about it? How does it differ from other conditions like thoracic outlet syndrome, etc? How can you best guide your clients in prevention and recovery?
The average person texts and scrolls on their smartphone for at least 5 hours a day, and the time spent attached to our devices is only increasing as the range of mobile devices expands. Holding I-watches, tablets, e-readers and personal gaming consoles in front of us while tilting the head down to view them transforms our normal, neutral posture into a contorted posture that over-taxes neck muscles and over time, damages the spine.
As we know by studies of other forward-head posture conditions, the weight of the head increases greatly with every inch it’s held in a forward or tilted posture- experts say it may increase double-fold for every inch. Combine that with fine, repetitive movement of the thumbs and grasping of the device itself and you have a recipe for disaster.
Millennials in particular, who have grown up in a hand-held digital device culture, will soon make up an enormous percentage of clientele that suffer from muscle pain and fatigue, nerve pain and paresthesia, and poor posture that creates long-term dysfunction and possible debilitating spinal abnormalities like herniated disks and loss on the natural cervical curve.
As a massage therapist you can educate your clients on the possibility of this imbalance, teach them beneficial ergonomics, stretches and exercises that can correct and relieve pain, instill the long-term benefits of adopting a practice of being mindful of body position during mobile technology usage, and create the most effective massage treatment special to their postural needs.
Materials to Bring:
Students will need to bring sheets, lubricant of their choice, and their class workbook (which will be provided approximately one week before the class date) in either printed or digital form, and something for note-taking.
Jessica Crow is a licensed massage therapist and registered yoga and meditation instructor based in NYC. She uses her 20 years of experience working in the healing arts as well as her personal & professional studies in science and philosophy to construct unique healing protocols that focus on shaping and redefining the whole being.
She has instructed public and private classes and helped train both yoga teachers and massage therapists in NYC and around the world. She teaches continuing education courses for LMTs and other health care providers and she is a speaker for corporate and industry events on the topics of mindfulness and meditation and sits on the board of Pacific College of Oriental Medicine in Manhattan.
She’s also created a meditation and goal-shaping technique called MINDSCAPING® that fuses together powerful healing exercises from the ancient science of yoga and meditation, modern-day Western medicine and evidence-based psychology and neuroscience.
Jessica holds a degree in Human Biology with a focus in behavioral neuroscience from the State University of New York (2010) and is a graduate of the Swedish Institute in NYC (2006) and The Americana School of Thai Massage in Los Angeles (2004). In her spare time she loves to travel, dance, sing, and is a budding voice over artist.