Fight Back Against Text Neck: Steps for Better Head and Neck Posture

Group of young people all texting on their phones with their heads down

Carpal tunnel is a well-known medical ailment. It’s commonly caused by long hours in front of a keyboard, coupled with poor posture and bad typing form. And it gets worse from there. There’s actually a new, potentially more serious technology-caused condition becoming prevalent in young people.

“Text neck,” is a type of forward head posture (FHP) caused by spending too much time craning your neck over a cell phone or keyboard. Text neck is defined by placing your head forward, your back slumped and your shoulders rounded. When you’re in this position, you could be putting your spine, particularly your cervical spine, at risk of sustaining serious damage.

At Posture Works, we’ve seen numerous patients in San Francisco, CA and Denver, CO who exhibit both early and advanced stages of text neck. Without proper adjustments and a chiropractic schedule, it’s a condition that will only get worse.

Preventing Text Neck

It’s estimated most American adults spend roughly five hours each day looking at their phones. Coupled with time spent on a computer at work, it’s imperative proper posture is exercised throughout the entirety of the day. Poor posture will absolutely result in long-term spinal health concerns – issues that could plague you the rest of your life.

Thankfully, there are a number of easy steps to stave off the onset of text neck and FHP in general:

  • Use your phone less: While this is obviously easier said than done, minimizing your phone use can go a long way toward improving your posture. If you find yourself sending a lot of texts or messages throughout the day, consider using your phone’s voice assistant to minimize the time you spend craned over your screen.
  • Download an app: There are apps that help you track your phone usage and minimize your text neck. Downloading one of these apps can go a long way toward improving your relationship with your phone and living a healthier, more active life.
  • Do yoga: Yoga is an excellent healthcare practice that can help you improve the way you interact with your phone. There are several yoga positions to help you improve your posture and be more mindful of it throughout the day.
  • Hold your phone at eye level: Holding your phone at eye level whenever it’s in-use certainly takes some getting used to, but it can make a real difference in your spinal health. If you need help reminding you to hold your phone at eye level, consider making a reminder the background on your lock screen.

If you find you’re experiencing pain or discomfort as a result of your phone use, consider seeking the help of a chiropractic care professional who may be able to help you adopt better posture and manipulate your spine to alleviate discomfort.

Correct your neck

Technology is central in today’s world, which means dealing with phones and computer screens that demand our attention. As text neck becomes more and more of a concern, make sure you’re being cognizant of your head position while interacting with electronics.

If you’re already dealing with a forward head position, it’s time to visit a chiropractor. Posture Works welcomes San Francisco, CA and Denver, CO patients with chiropractic care and physical therapy. Using Chiropractic BioPhysics (CBP), we help instill good ergonomics and posture mindfulness in our patients, while working to correct any damage that’s already done.

If you’re suffering from text neck or other posture-related discomfort, contact us today to learn more about potential treatment options.

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.