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Understanding Text Neck: The Modern Back Ailment

Written By Back to Health Chiropractic and Massage on December 4, 2017

Ouch! Chronic back pain can quickly make you miserable, especially if you suffer from it throughout the day. Stabbing pain for no apparent reason might make it hard to function, but this pain usually has a cause: text neck. 

What is Text Neck?

Caused by spending too much time looking down at your phone, text neck is caused by straining your neck from supporting the heavy weight of your neck. Even tilting your head down by a few degrees can add twenty or more pounds of pressure on your neck, which can lead to pinched nerves and acute pain and tingling from your shoulders to your fingertips. 

The problem isn’t just your cell phone, as reading books, playing games or even praying all put your neck in the same downward position. The problem with text neck comes from how much time people spend on their cell phones each day. In fact, studies show that the majority of American adults don’t go a single hour without checking their cell phone, and all that notification checking leads to hours of compromised neck posture. 

Tips to Reduce Your Risk of Text Neck

Thankfully, tossing your cell phone into the trash isn’t the only way to find relief from text neck. Just being conscious of your posture can make a big difference. For instance, try to raise your phone to eye level instead of crouching over it, and take “tech breaks” to stretch and roll your shoulders while on the phone. You’ll find relief fast and prevent further damage from occurring to your back and neck muscles.

Text Neck Relief at Back to Health Chiropractic and Massage

Adjusting your posture and putting down your cell phone will prevent your neck pain from getting worse, but it can’t repair the damage already caused by text neck. For that, you need a chiropractor. Those in Vancouver, WA can seek the aid of Back to Health Chiropractic and Massage to repair the tendons in their neck for long-term relief. Our talented team is ready to work through your neck problems for good, so get in touch today to book an appointment.

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