Text Neck – A True Pain in the Neck!

Text neck is a new term given to describe the condition caused by looking down to text, play games, email etc on smartphones. It is becoming an epidemic especially in the younger generation. It is characterized by neck pain, chronic headaches, upper back pain and shoulder pain and can lead to early onset of arthritis, disc degeneration in the spine and even the potential for decreased lung capacity.  Studies suggest that 79% of the population have cell phones with them the entire day and spend 2 to 4 hours or more looking down. The average human head weighs about 12 pounds, as you can see from the chart below, as you increase the angle at which you look down, the weight on the cervical spine increases – up to 60 pounds with a 60 degree angle. This is like strapping an eight year old to your neck and carrying it around!
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This is especially concerning for children who can create permanent damage to their spine as they grow. Prevention is the key. Hold the cell phone at eye level as much as possible and take breaks from the handheld devices frequently. Move the neck around and do stretches to support and strengthen the spine. (Contact our office for recommended exercises 871-7003). Finally a program of regular chiropractic adjustments, massage therapy and Therapeutic Laser treatments to stabilize the spine and treat the pain and symptoms of the condition.
text neck2Have you experienced any of the symptoms of Text Neck? How about your children, other family members or friends? Contact our office for an evaluation and take the steps to protect your spine and health.

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