How Can Chiropractic Treatment Help Text Neck?
With all the recent advancements in technology comes another development: text neck. People who suffer from this affliction are often spending hours bent over their smart phone, tablet, or laptop. While it can get serious, chiropractic treatment can help text neck by reducing or even eliminating symptoms.
What Is Text Neck?
When you text on your smart phone, you’re generally hunched over with your head bent down. This is the same position you adopt when you spend time scrolling through your phone, watching videos on your tablet, or working away on your laptop while lounging on the couch. Your head weighs between 10 and 12 pounds, so every time your bend forward slightly, you apply a great deal of pressure to a delicate area of your spine. This posture can cause you to develop pain and stiffness in your back and neck.
While it may seem like a minor annoyance, text neck that is left untreated can result in bigger issues such as:
- Chronic neck aches and backaches • Persistent headaches
- Pinched nerves
- Herniated discs
- Reversal of your spine’s natural curve
Treating Text Neck with Chiropractic Care
Chiropractors know that the best way to combat text neck is to work on your posture. Your chiropractor can relieve tension in your back and neck with a series of spinal adjustments. You may also be given special stretches or exercises to help reduce pain.
There are certain practices you can cultivate to avoid permanent damage from text neck. Try sitting at a desk and keeping your back straight while you type. Take frequent breaks from your devices: stretch and walk around a bit. These little habits not only relieve pain and stiffness; they also improve your circulation and your overall health.
If you are experiencing pain and stiffness that you suspect is from text neck, call Cerwin Clinic of Chiropractic to schedule an appointment with one of our experienced chiropractors. You can reach us at (704) 342-2100 or by email.