According to recent studies, American mobile phone users look down at phones an average of 2.7 hours a day, which can cause neck strain over long periods of time. An adult human head weighs about 10 and 12 pounds when looking straight ahead. That same weight multiplies to about 50 to 60 pounds of weight on the neck when hunched over due to gravity.
Frequent flexion of the neck over long periods of time can impact the cervical spine and lead to painful and multiple neck and back conditions, if not treated properly. A growing number of patients suffering from conditions attributed to “Text Neck,” such as back pain, neck pain, misaligned spine and more.
Neck strains can cause long-term damages to the spine over time, as well as the surrounding nerves, bones, ligaments, tendons, and muscles, as well as cause postural changes. Pain associated with “Text Neck” includes headaches, hand and wrist numbness or tingling, spasms in the shoulder.
Text Neck Prevention and Chiropractic Treatment
Below are some tips for preventing “Text Neck”
Use proper posture when using or use digital devices at eye level– Sit straight and at eye level when using mobile phones or computers and keep from slouching or hunching over.
Use a standing workstation – Working on your feet is easier on your spine or back compared to sitting and hunched over the desk for eight hours or more.
Take a break from your digital devices – Make it a point to take a break from using mobile phones,gadgets and computers throughout the day.
Do low impact exercises – Choose exercises that put focus on correct posture, such as Pilates and yoga.
Get regular chiropractic care – Chiropractic care for neck and spine is holistic and positively impacts your overall health and well-being. Chiropractic care has been proven to effectively treat painful conditions affecting the neck, spineor back, as well as restore optimalhealth and natural state of the body.
Dr. Gabriel Boze, a leading chiropractor in Spring Hill, offers chiropractic treatment for “Text Neck”. If you are looking for a Spring Hill Chiropractor, contact us today.