Text Neck Treatment & Chiropractic Care
Your smartphone and tablet make your life easier in so many ways. From finding the next best restaurant to paying bills and double checking your bank account to texting your friends and family, you are using technology constantly. That convenience has a price, though, and your neck may be paying it.
What Is Text Neck?
While not a medical diagnosis, text neck is the common term for a spinal stress injury or problem often caused by overuse of cell phones or tablets. Text neck occurs as you lean forward or look down for long periods of time, like when typing or staring at a smart device.
Your neck muscles can become weaker and tighter as they try to hold your head in this flexed position. With your head already weighing around 10 pounds, all that stress stains your neck, shoulders, and back over time.
Common Symptoms of Text Neck
Pain might be the obvious sign that you’re suffering from text neck, but there are other common symptoms of this spinal dysfunction. If you notice one or more of these signs, don’t hesitate to make an appointment for our chiropractic services.
Forward head posture and rounded shoulders are often clues that you’re experiencing text neck. Your muscles are becoming imbalanced and unable to keep good posture with your ears in line over your shoulders.
Neck, Upper Back, & Shoulder Pain
Tightness in the neck, upper back, and / or shoulders are common symptoms of stress, but if you’re also experiencing localized jabs of pain along those areas or long bouts of achiness across them, it might be more than just stress.
Sometimes neck problems or poor posture issues travel upward into your head. If you suffer with headaches on a regular basis, it’s time to come in for a consultation with one of our certified chiropractors.
Stiffness & Reduced Mobility
With text neck, you might notice a growing stiffness in your neck, back, and shoulders. Over time this tightness locks up your muscles, making it harder to turn your head or raise your arms.
A Worsening Quality of Life
Even if your text neck symptoms don’t seem bad right now, they are lessening the quality of your life and if left untreated, can lead to even more serious health problems in your future.
Needing Pain Relief
As pain in your neck, shoulders, and back worsens or those sharp spasms of pain occur more frequently, you might find yourself doing fewer of the things you love to do. You may have to take pain-reliever medications multiple times a day, which gets expensive and sometimes has unwanted side effects.
Struggling with Posture
With no care given to your text neck symptoms, you’ll start to notice how hard it is to have proper posture. It becomes more difficult to keep your head in line about your shoulders or to keep your shoulders from slumping forward.
Over longer periods of time with your head pushed forward, you may notice trouble balancing. Your head’s center of gravity has shifted, which imbalances the muscles in your neck and torso, leaving you to struggle with posture control.
Tingling in Your Arms or Hands
In extreme cases of text neck or after months of untreated problems, the roots around your cervical nerves may become compressed or irritated. When this happens you may develop a numbness or tingling running down your neck, shoulders, arms, and hands.
Chiropractic Care Can Help Fix Text Neck
You don’t have to suffer with text neck anymore. Our professional chiropractic services offer you a drug-free way to cope with the pain, restore your posture, and improve your mobility.
Prevent text neck from ruining your quality of life. Contact us today to schedule an appointment with one of certified chiropractic specialists, and begin your text neck treatment.