The developments in technology are often viewed as wonderful things. However, with good things come bad. If you are a frequent user of your mobile device, you are probably aware of the occasional neck pain you feel if you use it for extended periods of time. Research agrees, indicating your spinal wellbeing is put at risk if you regularly use mobile devices. It’s important for you to understand why this is the case and how you can avoid injuring your spine.
What is text neck?
You could be a victim of text neck if you spend extended periods of time bending down looking at an object. This has become increasingly widespread as more and more people use smartphones. When you look down, pressure is put on your spine. The constant pressure can very well bring about neck strain and muscle injuries.
There are four main symptoms of text neck: neck pain, shoulder pain, headaches, and overall pain at the end of the day.
Neck pain is probably the most common symptom of text neck. It could be when you are peering down at your phone, though it could also be throughout other times of the day.
Shoulder pain is often experienced along with neck pain, and sometimes even extends to the upper part of your back.
The pain can also go up to your head, resulting in headaches.
Finally, at the end of the day, most sufferers of text neck experienced overall pain in their muscles, whether their neck, shoulder, back, or head. They feel sore and uncomfortable.
How can I avoid text neck?
Of course, the best way to steer clear of text neck is to keep from peering down at your smartphone or other mobile devices. If you are looking down, try to keep your neck neutral. Spend some time doing stretches and moving your back and neck before you settle down to use your laptop or your phone.
If you are on a computer throughout the day, you may want to think about getting a sitting/standing desk. This way, your back can get constant movement and your spine can stay in a neutral position.
How can I treat text neck?
If text neck is your constant companion, you may need a little bit more help. Try chiropractic care. This type of treatment will address your problem at the root, helping your spine to heal and function in good condition. You could be treated with any or all of the following methods:
An experienced chiropractor will gently maneuver your vertebrae back into alignment so your spine can function at its best. It will also reduce the pressure on your spine and discs so that
your entire body functions better. This will also help you heal faster after injury.
Your chiropractor will also take you through a series of stretches and exercises that will release and relieve your sore muscles. You are often also recommended to do these at home.
Finally, you will be given advice and tips to prevent text neck from occuring again in the future. This way, you won’t experience pain and your spine will be healthy and strong.
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