Modern technologies have transformed the way humans live. From computers to mobile devices, we are staring at digital screens throughout the majority of our day. Although these technologies have fundamentally transformed the way we communicate, they have also had several unforeseen side effects. This article will explore what “text neck” is and help provide some easy ways to relieve any associated pain that may be occurring because of it.
What is Text Neck?
Text neck is generally considered a more modern epidemic that many researchers believe occurs as a direct response to spending too much time texting or staring at a smartphone. Clinically, the term for this injury is forward head posture (FHP) – an incorrect posture that can be linked to various health problems and unnecessary pain. In most cases, this posture problem can be caused as the head is moved forward when watching TV, using electronic devices, or reading.
Unfortunately, many people suffer from text neck, making several leading chiropractors nationwide consider the problem an epidemic. The human head sits on the shoulders like a golf ball that has been placed on a tee. Abnormal posture changes caused by the use of cellphones or computers are now held for much more extended periods throughout the day. This ultimately is straining or putting pressure on ligaments, muscles, and discs within the neck that aren’t used to it. The result is the pain caused by text neck.
How Do You Treat Text Neck?
The Journal of Chiropractic Medicine released a study on text neck that found that the best treatment often involves spinal manipulation therapy, rehabilitative exercise, and head weight devices that could strengthen the neck over time. These implementations could decrease the pain associated with text neck by up to 56% over eight weeks. Some common exercises that were shown to help included swimming, yoga, running, Pilates, and general aerobic conditioning.
Exercise is fundamental in improving text neck or FHP because it helps to strengthen the upper back or neck muscles that support the head throughout the day. Over time, exercise may also help the discs in the neck and spine align with the shoulder or head. However, working with a chiropractor to provide gentle alignment is often considered the best approach for those required to look at computers or other electronic devices throughout the day for their career.
One of the best ways to treat text neck is to avoid the behaviors that have caused the problem in the first place. Often, this means avoiding bending the head forward or slouching while using these devices. Over time, these habit changes can help ensure a healthy posture is maintained constantly. In addition to protecting the neck, this practice could also have the added benefit of decreasing eye strain that is occurring as well.
How Can Hunt Spinal Care Help?
At Hunt Spinal Care, we offer a gentle hands-on approach to chiropractic care and have helped countless patients regain control of their own health. If you have struggled to give your body the total support it needs through chiropractic care and nutrition, contact us online today or call us at (918) 459-0333 to learn more about how we can help you. Don’t just survive; thrive. We want you to enjoy life to the fullest!