Text neck is one of the many conditions that have developed due to our excessive use of technology. As we become more reliant on our electronic devices, we spend less time exercising and moving our bodies. At Bolz Chiropractic in Topeka, we see many people each week who exhibit signs of "text neck". Our chiropractors have put together a list of frequently asked questions that will help you understand what text neck is and how you can prevent it.
What causes text neck?
Text neck is the result of holding your neck and head in the same position for long periods of time while you are texting or looking at your cell phone. Many of us hold our phones in front of us at a downward angle, forcing us to keep our necks bent at an awkward angle. Holding this position for extended periods can cause stiffness in the shoulders and extreme neck pain. We don't realize we are doing it until our neck hurts and the pain starts to become more severe.
Is text neck related to upper-crossed syndrome?
Upper-crossed syndrome is a condition where there is a muscle imbalance in the upper part of the back and in the neck area. This can be caused by repeated use of screens with bad posture, similar to text neck. We can help treat upper-crossed syndrome using chiropractic care so that you can get relief.
Can chiropractic care help?
Chiropractic care can relieve the pain and discomfort associated with text neck. Regular chiropractic adjustments, physiotherapy, and corrective exercises will relieve the stress and tension that builds up in the neck muscles. Spinal adjustments restore the spinal column's natural alignment and relieve pressure on the vertebrae. Regular visits to our chiropractor can help you break the habits associated with text neck.
Will stretching and exercise relieve my neck pain?
Stretching and corrective exercises will restore blood flow to the area and keep the muscles flexible. Exercise will also strengthen the muscles in the area, making them less prone to injuries or strain. Making it a point to stand and stretch every hour or so will ensure that blood flow is not impeded in any way. Corrective exercises improve range of motion and increase flexibility, so the muscles are less stiff and not as tight.
Can text neck be prevented?
Text neck can be prevented. Be more mindful of how you hold your head when you are texting or working on your phone. Spend less time with your head bent forward and more time looking around. Exercise your neck and shoulder muscles every day and stretch every few hours. Regular chiropractic adjustments will also help.
Visit Bolz Chiropractic in Topeka, KS
Schedule an appointment with our team at Bolz Chiropractic in Topeka, KS. We will provide all the information you need about text neck and what you can do to prevent it. You don't have to live with chronic neck pain! Call our office today at 785-272-2090 to learn more.