Chiropractic Care For “Text Neck”
Text Neck is a relatively new medical diagnosis caused by the excessive screen time that most of us experience daily. Here at Impact Medical in Cutler Bay, we bet there is a good chance that you are reading this blog on your phone or tablet right now. Did you know that the typical scrolling posture of your head leaning forward with slumped, rounded shoulders can cause harm to your body?
This is why you may notice soreness and/or stiffness in your neck and shoulders after staring at a screen for an extended period of time. We all know that the changing times bring new things to discover, including health conditions. Unfortunately, while technology can be a considerable aid in our daily lives, the medical community is finding that it can also be a hindrance, such as in the case of Text Neck.
If you find yourself experiencing any pain or tension from your daily screen time, you may be suffering from Text Neck.
TEXT NECK DEFINED
Text Neck is a medical condition where the habit of looking down (often at a device) causes discomfort. This is due to the poor posture that often results from this activity. Another name for this is the Forward Head position because the head moves forward when someone looks down. The condition of Text Neck is something that we are seeing more and more at Impact Medical in Cutler Bay. You may wonder what is causing this increase in cases. Consider this…
The average person spends 5-6 hours a day looking at their phone or tablet. While the human head generally weighs around 10 pounds, this same 10-pound head can place up to 60 pounds of pressure on the neck when placed in the Forward Head position. All this pressure and excess weight can pull tendons, ligaments, muscles, and even your spine out of alignment. This misalignment can cause debilitating pain as muscles are weakened and soft tissue damaged. If left untreated, this can lead to permanent changes to your posture.
WHAT ARE THE SYMPTOMS
By the time you may be experiencing severe discomfort and troubling symptoms, your Text Neck may be at an advanced stage. As this condition progresses, spinal misalignment is standard, as well as pinched nerves and potential neurological complaints.
Some other symptoms of Text Neck may include:
- Pain in neck, shoulders, upper back, and even arms
- Spinal disc degeneration
- Curvature of the spine
- Muscle spasms
- Vision problems
- Balance issues
Text Neck symptoms will vary on a case-by-case basis, but the critical thing to remember is if left untreated, Text Neck may cause permanent spinal damage that is irreversible. The good news is that the unparalleled chiropractic team at Impact Medical in Cutler Bay has the skills and knowledge to help you recover from this issue and develop healthier habits to prevent its recurrence.
One of the first things our chiropractic professionals recommend to our patients is to become aware of how frequent use of phones, tablets, and other electronic devices can cause poor posture.
A fix nearly everyone can benefit from is lifting your device to an eye-level position. This position reduces pressure on the neck and keeps the spine in a more neutral position. Other suggestions our chiropractic and physical therapy practitioners make are taking breaks and stretching a few times each day to help your neck and spine relax. It is also helpful to be mindful of how frequently you are looking down.
The chiropractic care you will receive at our Cutler Bay Impact Medical location is one of the most effective treatment modalities for Text Neck. Our chiropractors are highly trained to correct misalignments of the vertebrae throughout the neck and spine. After a complete physical evaluation that may include our on-site imaging services, our team will develop an individualized treatment plan designed to alleviate your problem symptoms and restore full function to your body. Your chiropractor can not only provide treatment through spinal manipulations but may also recommend stretches or physical therapy exercises to relieve pain and strengthen weakened muscle groups.
DON’T CONTINUE LIVING IN PAIN
If you think the pain you are experiencing may be from Text Neck or for more information on this topic, we invite you to reach out to our Impact Medical team in Cutler Bay. Our staff is here to provide you with expert, friendly medical care.
The road to wellness starts here… so, give us a call today at 305-363-7446.