You may have heard the term “Text Neck” in the news recently, and although this condition is increasingly discussed, it has yet to be taken very seriously. At Goodyear Chiropractic Health Center, we know that Text Neck is very real and poses a serious risk.
What is Text Neck?
Text neck is the term used to describe the neck pain and damage sustained from looking down at your cell phone, tablet or other wireless devices too frequently and for too long.
Is Text Neck Really a Problem?
You have probably been staring at your device for years and haven’t noticed any problems. However, the effects of Text Neck are subtle, but serious. Text Neck has been linked to headaches, neurological issues, depression, and heart disease.
In fact, recent research indicates that Text Neck actually creates bone spurs at the base of the skull. This was found to be especially prevalent in younger participants of the study, and scientists believe that Text Neck could actually cause potential disfigurement if left untreated.
Common Symptoms Associated with Text Neck
Text Neck symptoms commonly include one or more of the following:
- Pain in the neck, upper back and/or shoulder. This pain may be located in one specific spot and feel intense or stabbing, or it may be a general achiness and soreness that covers a broader region.
- Forward head posture and rounded shoulders. Muscles in the neck, chest, and upper back can become deconditioned and imbalanced due to prolonged forward head posture.
- Reduced mobility. The neck, upper back, and shoulders may all experience some tightness and reduced mobility.
- Headache. Muscles at the base of the neck could go into spasm and become painful, causing headaches.
- Increased pain when neck flexion. Text neck symptoms tend to worsen when the neck is flexed forward into the position that originally caused the problem, such as while looking down and texting.
How to Deal with Text Neck (please fix the formatting of the space between paragraphs)
1. Hold Your Phone Differently
Hold your phone at eye level so your head is not slouched forward. Instead, keep you head at a neutral level so your ears are in line with your shoulders. This will keep you from holding a forward head posture for a prolonged period of time.
2. Take a Break From Your Phone or Device
Frequent breaks from the screen can help, even if it is just two to three minutes every hour. Giving you neck a break every few hours will help improve your posture overtime.
3. Try the Text Neck app
There is actually a Text Neck app that offers real time feedback about your posture (indicated by a green or red light). There’s also an optional vibration or beep reminder to tell you when your posture is bad.
4. Schedule an Appointment with Goodyear Chiropractic Health Center
If you experience prolonged pain, we recommend one or more of our treatment options, such as massage or chiropractic care! At Goodyear Chiropractic Health Center, our experts can help relieve your neck pain and address the structural issues that text neck has created! To schedule an appointment with us, please click here!