Is Chiropractic Care an Effective Neck Pain Treatment for Text Neck?
These days, it’s hard to avoid spending a large portion of your day hunched over a phone, computer, book, workspace, or electronic device.
“Text neck” sounds funny but it’s a serious problem – a spinal nightmare to be honest.
Fortunately, chiropractic care provides genuine long-term neck pain treatment for text neck. Here’s how.
What Exactly Causes Text Neck?
The term “text neck” was coined to describe musculoskeletal strain, tension, and pain that arise when you spend too much time hunched over your phone, tablet, or other electronic device.
However, the truth is, this condition can happen to anyone who spends the majority of their day looking downwards at a book or even a workstation. In fact, between 50% and 70% of people will experience neck pain in their lifetime.
Adult heads weigh between 10 and 11 pounds. This might not seem like much, but this weight becomes amplified when your neck posture is thrown off. In fact, staring down at your phone can put 60 pounds of pressure onto your spine.
Our spines are made of many delicate vertebrae which are separated by gel cushioning. This pressure from constantly looking downwards leads to:
Sharp upper back pain
Intense upper back or neck tension
Shoulder pain and tightness
Nerve damage that radiates into the extremities
The effects of text neck are even more dire in children and teens whose central nervous systems are still developing.
While adults may be able to reverse the damage from text neck, it’s possible that children who suffer from the condition into adulthood may permanently damage their neck and spine.
How Can Chiropractic Care Provide an Effective Neck Pain Treatment for Text Neck?
Fortunately, studies show that chiropractic care provides an effective, long-term, and drug-free solution to text neck – even in children.
Your chiropractor will take x-rays to observe the extent of damage to your cervical spine and neck. From there, they will use customized treatments like spinal manipulation and other adjustments to gently realign your vertebra into its correct form.
At Mattia Spinal Care and Rehab Center, our highly experienced doctors will also recommend exercises and help you make lifestyle changes to avoid the recurrence of text neck. Chiropractic care is all about treating the source of the problem and helping you achieve long-term health – not masking your symptoms for short-term relief.