How Can Chiropractic Treatment Help Text Neck?

Written By Kabel Chiropractic on October 16, 2017

Have you found yourself suffering from inexplicable neck pain in recent years? Your cell phone might be to blame. In the past decade, American adults have gone from only occasionally looking at a screen to keeping their cell phones on them at all times, and all this hunched-over posture is taking a dramatic toll on the muscles in their necks. 

Could this condition be the cause of your pain, too? Keep reading to find out what you can do to find relief. 

What Is Text Neck?

Just like the term implies, text neck is a condition caused by overstraining the muscles in your neck from spending hours each day looking down at a cell phone screen. While other activities (like reading a book) can lead to the same posture, most people spend far more time looking at their phone than almost anything else.  

When you tilt your head to look at a screen, you put anywhere from 20 to 60 additional pounds of pressure on your neck muscles, which can lead to pinched nerves and even permanent damage to your cervical spine, supporting ligaments and tendons. This leads to pain in your neck, shoulders, back, and even wrists. This pain can be tricky to get rid of, leaving you with lingering aches even years after if you don’t take the steps to improve the state of your back and neck. 

How to Reduce the Risk of Text Neck

Tossing out your cell phone might be the best way to reduce text neck, but short of going without technology, there’s a lot you can do to get your neck feeling better. 

First, keep all screens at eye level. This prevents you from looking down and putting unnecessary pressure on your neck. In the same way, paying attention to your posture can make a difference. Try to catch yourself when you slump, and you can start to correct the behavior. Finally, give yourself hourly technology breaks to reset your brain and stretch your whole body, neck included. These breaks can help you catch bad posture before it becomes chronic.

Live in Highlands Ranch? Visit Kabel Chiropractor for Text Neck

While improving posture today can make a difference in your risk of text neck, it won’t help you lessen the damage that your neck is already suffering. For this, you need the help of a professional. At Kabel Chiropractic, we are well equipped to help you deal with text neck and prevent long-term pain and damage. Simply make an appointment today, and we’ll get your neck problems sorted out soon. 

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