Text neck syndrome and how your Tuscaloosa chiropractor can help
What is Text Neck Syndrome?
Text neck syndrome is a condition caused by the unnatural positioning of the neck for prolonged periods of time while using certain devices, predominantly cell phones. The positioning of the neck takes on a forward and down facing angle which puts serious stress and strain on the inner muscles within the neck and across the shoulder blades and upper back. When there is a constant misalignment of the necks neutral position, the weight of the head increases.
Why is this a Major Problem for Gen Y & Gen Z?
With the increase in prevalence of handheld devices due to the sophistication and affordability of technology, more and more younger people are gaining access to, and becoming dependent on, these devices. Without giving them guidance and correct information, we could be facing an epidemic of an entire generation with serious physical ailments hindering their development and quality of life. With technology so prevalent in the school, work, and social aspects of life, this over reliance on these devices will continue to increase. The common devices that cause text neck are:
- Computer Tablets
- Digital Notebooks & e-Readers
- Handheld Game Consoles
What are the Symptoms of Text Neck?
There are a few primary and secondary symptoms/signs that can be attributed to text neck. These include but are not limited to the following:
- Mild to severe chronic neck and upper back pain
- Instant sharp pain in the neck and shoulders when using similar devices
- Permanent increased curvature of the spine
- Permanent arthritic damage
- Increase chances of sporadic or chronic headaches
- Inflammation of neck muscles, ligaments, and nerves
If you find that after a long day at work/school, you or your children start showing signs of any of the symptoms above you should consult with a chiropractor to see if the issues are attributed to text neck.
How do you Correct Text Neck?
Curing text neck all depends on the symptoms the individual is experiencing and the length of time that the patient has been battling these ailments. A chiropractic consultation to determine the severity of the issues should be the first step to recovery. At Crimson Chiropractic we have treated numerous patients that have presented themselves with text neck syndrome. The following common chiropractic care treatment methods have been used to help cure text neck:
- Spinal Alignment
- Spinal Manipulation
- Physical Therapy Sessions
- Strength Exercises
- Massage Therapy
Below is a before and after Cervical Xray of one of our patients who presented with text neck syndrome.
If you are suffering from text neck or similar physical conditions you need to book an appointment with us at 205-345-2009.