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Chiropractic Care for Text Neck

Mark Williams Sep 12, 2018

A man with a stiff neck at his laptopSo much of our day is spent looking at a screen, whether it’s cellphone, a tablet, a laptop, or a TV. The effect on our eyes has been well documented, since long exposure to screens can lead to eyestrain, dry eye, and other issues. What you may not realize is that all this screen time can also have an effect on your neck. There’s even a name for it: text neck. Dr. Mark Williams, Dr. Mario Leza, and Dr. Juan Sanchez of Texas Injury Clinic can help.

The team at our Fort Worth, TX injury center would like to go over some of the basics of text neck with you. We will then discuss how chiropractic services and regular adjustment can relieve neck pain, and what you can do to prevent a severe case of text neck.

What Is Text Neck?

Text neck is the neck and upper back pain associated with looking at screens while your neck is bent forward at more than 45 degrees. Your head weighs about 10 to 12 pounds, and the angle of your neck while looking at screens as well as the effects of gravity can put up to 40 to 60 pounds of weight on your neck and shoulder muscles. This can result in strained muscles, pinched nerves, and misaligned vertebrae/subluxations.

Numbers That Put Text Neck Into Perspective

It’s estimated that people spend between two to four hours looking down at their mobile device to read or text. This strain on the neck can add up, especially for young people. Some estimate that young people have their heads bent at these unfortunate angles for 1,400 hours each year.

Common Signs and Symptoms of Text Neck

The most common signs and symptoms of text neck include:

  • Neck pain
  • Headaches
  • Upper back pain
  • Shoulder pain
  • Muscle spasms of the neck, upper back, and shoulders
  • Pain radiating down into the arms

When to Consider Chiropractic Adjustment

If you notice any of the above symptoms persisting for a few weeks even when not using a mobile device, it’s a good idea to visit a chiropractor. This can help reduce pain in the cervical spine and shoulder area, improving overall well-being in the process.

What to Expect During Chiropractic Adjustment

During a chiropractic visit for text neck, patients will discuss symptoms and daily use of mobile devices. This will give the chiropractor some sense of the problem. The adjustment is performed, with the chiropractor applying steady but gentle pressure to help improve overall alignment of the spine.

When Will I Notice Relief?

Most patients notice relief from neck and upper back pain almost immediately. Sometimes the pain relief is followed by mild and temporary flu-like symptoms and other side effects. This is normal and for some patients it shows the treatment is working.

How Many Chiropractic Visits Will I Need?

This can vary from patient to patient depending on their needs. The number and frequency of adjustments can be discussed during the consultation process.

Tips for Preventing and Managing Text Neck

To help prevent text neck from affecting your life, consider the following tips:

  • Limit Your Screen Time - Try to limit texting to no more than two hours per day.
  • Take Breaks from Your Screen - Every 45 minutes, take a break away from the screen. Stand up, go for a quick walk, stretch, and give your neck a chance to rest.
  • Stretch Your Neck and Look Up - During your screen breaks, consider rotating and stretching gently to loosen up tight muscles and stiff joints. This can help a lot over time.

Contact Texas Injury Clinic

For more information about treating, managing, and preventing text neck, we encourage you to contact our chiropractic care and sports medicine center. Our doctors are here to provide insight into you needs and your treatment options. We can be reached by phone at (817) 799-7132.

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