Text neck is one of the most common physical ailments in our modern world. With billions of people using cell phones for hours each day, it’s no surprise that physical problems have developed.
Practicing proper posture and limiting phone use can help you avoid developing text neck. Unfortunately, many people already have alignment issues that need correction. Chiropractic care is one of the most effective options available for correcting problems that have developed due to cell phone use.
Considering how often people use cell phones, it’s no surprise that text neck is now an epidemic.
Text neck is a problem that develops with overuse. It puts excessive strain on the neck due to looking down at a handheld device. It can range from mild to severe and usually worsens over time.
The problem is a result of continued poor posture. It’s similar to forward-head posture and keeps the upper neck flexed rather than in the optimal extension position.
The human head can weigh between 25 and 60 pounds, depending on the angle at which you hold your head. This means your neck muscles do a lot of work throughout the day. Angling your face down, maxing out the weight of your head for several hours a day forces your neck to do the most work.
Over time, text neck can lead to pinched nerves and spinal deterioration.
Symptoms of text neck include:
According to a 2023 report, it’s estimated that there are nearly seven billion smartphone users worldwide. Approximately 87 percent of people 14 to 18 years old in the United States use smartphones.
Considering how many people don’t practice good posture when using their devices, prolonged, excessive use causes the body to be in an unhealthy position more often than not. Many of the most common posture problems are more likely when using a cell phone. These include:
The most common symptoms of text neck include:
Long-term consequences of text neck include:
There are several things a chiropractor can do to help you with text neck.
Most treatments involve spinal adjustment to help you realign your spine and improve joint mobility. Essentially, chiropractic treatments help your body restore balance and return to normalcy.
Chiropractors also use soft tissue therapies, including massage. This helps with pain, improves circulation, and relieves tension in your neck.
In most cases, you’ll enjoy pain relief after just a single treatment. However, it might take a few adjustments to feel your best after developing text neck.
You can use over-the-counter pain relief medications to help with the discomfort of text neck, but there are often side effects. Not to mention these medications do not address and/or correct the root of the problem. Medication masks symptoms and provides only temporary relief. Chiropractic treatments fix the problem and teach you how to avoid future problems.
Chiropractors use posture improvements and spinal alignment to help with text neck.
Your assessment begins with an evaluation of your posture and spinal alignment. This allows the chiropractor to identify any areas of concern. The assessment might also include the following:
Realigning the cervical spine (neck) is one of the most common techniques chiropractors use, especially when addressing text neck. The goal of an adjustment for realigning the cervical spine includes:
Following a physical exam, a review of medical history, and a complete assessment that might include tests such as MRI, CT scan, X-rays, and more, your chiropractor will create a customized treatment plan. Manipulation techniques used for cervical spine problems typically include:
In addition to these hands-on treatment techniques, your chiropractor might offer lifestyle changes to help you manage discomfort and avoid further problems with text neck. Recommendations might include:
Chiropractors use manual therapy and soft tissue techniques to relieve muscle tension and correct problems with muscles and joints. It also reduces inflammation and mobilizes joints. Manual and soft tissue therapies include:
You can do several things to prevent text neck or keep it from worsening. For example:
Many of these suggestions help improve posture overall, in addition to dealing with text neck.
If you’ve developed text neck or any other physical problem due to using a cell phone or other modern devices, you aren’t alone. Millions of people suffer from chronic pain like this every day. Others are well on their way to developing problems because they aren’t practicing good posture.
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