Text neck is the term used to describe neck pain and damage sustained from looking down on your cell phone, tablet, or other wireless devices, too frequently and far too long.
Bending your neck to look down has been a problem for many years and does not occur only when texting, but pain symptoms related to this bad posture have increased tremendously the last decade due to over-use of smart phones, tablets, and lap tops.
We all have to look down to read, depending on the position we are in. The optimal position when reading, texting or browsing the Internet, would be keeping the book or equipment at eye-level position. Of course this would be the ideal position in a perfect world. However, if you are not a chiropractor or physiotherapist, you may not be aware of this.
The problem with texting or browsing your phone is that it adds one more activity that causes us to look down. Also, people tend to do it for much longer periods in this modern technique era with cell phones, iPads, and lap tops that sometimes work better and more efficient than regular stationary computers.
What Are the Symptoms Associated with Text Neck?
Text neck most commonly causes neck pain, headaches or migraines, and soreness. In addition, looking down at your cell phone or tablet too much each day can lead to:
- Upper back pain, ranging from a chronic nagging pain to sharp severe upper back muscle spasms.
- Shoulder pain and tightness, possibly resulting in painful shoulder muscle spasm.
- If a cervical nerve becomes pinched, pain and possibly neurological symptoms can radiate down your arm and into your hand.
In fact, research has shown that craning the neck over a smart phone or cell phone texting, tweeting, checking Facebook or Instagram, can exert an extra 60 pounds of weight on the head of an adult, leading to potential spinal problems and maybe even surgery (see illustration further down).
The farther your head falls forward, the more dramatically the weight increases on your neck and spine.
The Image Is Illustrating The Amount Of Pressure Put On Your Neck While Hunching Down Over Your Smart Phone And Tips To Avoid Text Neck
Source: spine-health.com & facebook.com/motivationaldoc
How Can Chiropractic Help Text Neck?
With the help of chiropractic adjustments your spine can be re-aligned back to its normal position, which will relieve you from pain, headaches, migraines, stiffness and soreness. If you are hunching down frequently because of work or just love being on your phone, it is highly recommend visiting a chiropractor for regular check ups and spinal alignments.
Pay a visit to Dr. Adam Nachmias – Nachmias Chiropractic’s offices in Bayridge or Manhattan, New York, and Dr. Adam will give you immediate pain relief. If you continue with regular treatments, your overall health will benefit greatly from it.
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