In today’s world, we are constantly using technology and so a new phenomenon has emerged: text neck. Text neck is a condition that affects the alignment and placement of the neck, and brings about some serious health risks. Here’s what you need to know.
What Is Text Neck?
Text neck is a condition that is the result of continuous use of technology and causes discomfort and pain in the neck. In some cases, it can result in actual injuries. Text neck stems from the way in which we hold our heads and necks when using devices like cell phones, hence the name text neck. When your neck is constantly bent over, stiffness, soreness, and injury are bound to happen.
What Are the Symptoms of Text Neck?
If you are experiencing the following symptoms, you may have text neck: pain in the shoulders, headaches, pain in the upper back, neck pain, and even a slight curvature of the spine. Consider that all of these symptoms stem of the use of a device - it’s quite alarming! The severity of these symptoms depends on the person, but they tend to be more prominent for those who spend a large amount of time on a phone or device.
Text Neck Solutions
When it comes to text neck, there are many solutions. You can start with spending less time looking down at your phone/device. You can also incorporate neck stretches throughout the day to release tension and reduce pain. These stretches can also be beneficial when you are using your device. Take a few seconds as you are using your phone and stretch your neck out. Another solution is, you guessed it, chiropractic care! Because text neck often causes misalignments and curvature of the spine, chiropractic can provide relief. Our job is to use spinal manipulations to properly align your spine and keep it healthy and without pain. It’s unlikely that any of us will stop using technological devices any time soon, so regular chiropractic care is a great way to combat text neck. This will keep your spine aligned and help eliminate pain.
If you are interested in treating or preventing text neck, just contact us! Our team of chiropractic professionals is committed to keeping you (and your spine) healthier than ever!