Signs, Symptoms, and Solutions for Text Neck
We often think of technology as providing a solution to a problem. We live in the age of instant communication, in which it’s easy to talk or write to anyone on the other side of the world in mere seconds. But if you’re constantly looking at your phone, tablet, or other device, you’re a prime candidate for text neck.
Text neck is a condition that puts undue stress on the neck and spine, which could cause major health issues down the line. Now, you might say that people have always looked down to read, and you’d be right… however today, the constant use of devices means you’re looking down for much longer periods of time – up to 8 hours a day!
The expert team at Posture Works in San Francisco, CA and Denver, CO is providing invaluable assistance to patients who suffer from a variety of spine-related problems, including text-neck. We’re ready to help you lead a pain-free life, by pinpointing and correcting spinal subluxations that result by way of poor posture.
Symptoms of text neck
In our interconnected world, text neck is a global concern, as billions of people now own mobile phones. In fact, four out of five Americans report that they have their phones with them all the time. Unfortunately, your body is not designed for you to be looking down for long periods each day.
Text neck is a repetitive stress injury that causes the degeneration of the cervical spine. It results in a range of issues from temporary discomfort to chronic pain. Patients who suffer from this condition often report:
- Shoulder pain;
- Upper back pain;
- Muscle tightness;
- Joint stiffness.
For growing children, this is a particularly dangerous condition. Text neck can lead to damage to the cervical spine and lifelong neck pain, as well as deformities such as kyphosis (hunchback).
What you can do
The first step is to limit or interrupt technology usage. If you expect to be on your device for a while, take a few seconds now and then to stretch. You can also try to hold your phone at eye level as much as possible. This will encourage your spine to be in a neutral position. Small gestures like these can pay dividends when it comes to spinal health.
You should also consider seeing a chiropractor. A trained chiropractor will provide spinal adjustments that can reverse the damage done by staring at your phone for too long. These spinal manipulations could help you restore balance, improve your body’s shock absorption, and give you more energy. This is in part because of the vital role your spine plays in your central nervous system. When nerve signals flow freely and unimpeded through your spine, your body functions to a higher level of wellness.
Take care of text neck
Are your muscles tense from overuse of technology? Do you find yourself in constant neck or shoulder pain? Allow the experienced staff at Posture Works to evaluate your spine and create a restorative treatment program that’s right for you. We’re your professional source for chiropractic in San Francisco, CA and Denver, CO.
Our clinics use Chiropractic BioPhysics (CBP), a results-oriented, research-based program that our patients love, because it’s specially tailored for their spine. Contact us today for a free consultation, to see how we’re helping to combat the text-neck epidemic!
Chiropractic BioPhysics, or CBP, is one of the most scientific, researched, and results-oriented corrective care techniques. CBP-trained chiropractors aim to realign the spine back to health, eliminating nerve interference and addressing the source of pain, fatigue, and disease. As with all chiropractic care, CBP is gentle, painless, and non-invasive.