It seems like we are constantly connected to technology, leading to a new phenomenon called "text neck". Text neck is a condition that affects the alignment and placement of the neck, and some serious health risks come along with it. Here's what you need to know:
What Is Text Neck?
Text neck is a condition that results when the continuous use of technology causes discomfort and pain in the neck. It sometimes causes more than soreness and actually results in injury. Text neck stems from the way a person holds their neck and head when using electronic devices, particularly cell phones (hence the name). When your neck is constantly bent over, you can expect stiffness, soreness and injury.
What Are the Symptoms of Text Neck?
If you think you might have text neck, pay attention to these symptoms:
- Increase in the number of headaches
- Pain in the shoulders
- Upper back pain
- Slight curvature of the spine
- Neck pain
It really is alarming to think that all of these symptoms are the result of using one device. The seriousness of the symptoms experienced vary from person to person but tend to be worse for those that spend an above average amount of time on their phone or device.
What Can You Do?
Fortunately, there are many things you can do to relieve text neck pain. The first step would be to cut back on the amount of time you spend on your phone. This is pretty unlikely in today's world, but it's a good place to start. Neck stretches can be done throughout the day to relieve tension and pain. This step is particularly beneficial during phone usage. Another great help is, you guessed it, chiropractic care! Because text neck causes misalignments and curvature of the spine, chiropractic care can be beneficial. With spinal adjustments, we can properly align your spine, keeping it healthier and free of pain.
We all know a decrease in the use of technological devices probably isn't going to happen, so be sure to take care of yourself as best as you can. Regular chiropractic adjustments can help you find text neck relief, so contact us today for a consultation!