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Can Chiropractic Care Cure Your Chronic Text Neck?

Written By North Florida Spine and Wellness Institute on November 16, 2017

Anyone who’s suffered from chronic neck pain can agree- the condition can quickly impact every aspect of your life. But why do more people than ever seem to be struggling with it? Is there something in modern life that is leading to unprecedented amounts of acute pain in your back, neck, and shoulders?

As it turns out, there is. ‘Text neck’, the term used to refer to the posture of looking down at a phone while you type, is more common than ever, and it’s leading to a lot of pain. If you often find yourself massaging your neck or struggling through acute pain from your shoulders to your fingertips, your cell phone might be to blame. 

What is Text Neck?

 Just as the name implies, text neck is a condition caused by overstraining your neck muscles. When you look down at a cell phone (or anything else), your neck has significantly more strain put on it, even as much as 20 to 60 pounds

While other activities like reading or playing games can also lead to neck strain, most people spend significantly more time each day on their phones. In fact, one study found that almost 80 percent of American adults looked at their phone practically continuously through the day, meaning that each new notification leads to more neck strain. All these pinched nerves can lead to pain and tingling throughout your shoulders, arms, and fingers, so is it any wonder that chronic pain is on the rise?

Best Ways To Reduce Your Risk of Text Neck

The good news about text neck is that the condition is far from inevitable, and you don’t have to give up your cell phone to be cured. Practicing proper posture will go a long way towards keeping your head well supported, so raise your phone up to eye level whenever you use it. Another good idea is to take technology breaks throughout the day to give your eyes and break and remind yourself to stretch. 

Ease Your Text Neck at North Florida Spine and Wellness

Though changing your posture will relieve many of your symptoms of text neck, it won’t repair any lingering damage that you’ve already caused to your neck tendons. For this repair, you need the help of a chiropractor. For those living in Tallahassee, North Florida Spine and Wellness is a leading chiropractic clinic that can treat any manner of back and neck pain. To learn more, just contact us today.  

We look forward to bringing you to better health. 

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