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What Is Text Neck Syndrome?

By Madhusudhan Tammisetti

If you're like most people, you most likely have a mobile phone you use often. You respond to emails, exchange text messages, and watch videos many times in a day. Did you realize that the mobile phone might be putting tremendous strain on the neck? Text neck syndrome -- which is also known as tech neck -- might become a problem in this scenario. How can text neck harm your health? How can someone who is suffering from text neck benefit from chiropractic care? Read on for more details.

Mobile Phones Puts Stress on Neck and Back

The use of a mobile phone does not always put a strain on the neck and back. Instead, the problem is with how one uses their mobile phones. For starters, there's a significant neck angle between the screen and the user. How do most people use their mobile phones? There's a strong possibility you're staring at your mobile phone's screen. Cranking the neck forward over several hours can put a lot of strain on your neck muscles, as well as the tendons, ligaments, and vertebrae in the spine.

Also, the screen may cause the head and shoulders to lean forward. Because the head accounts for a significant portion of the body weight, the muscles in the neck can be overworked, resulting in this condition.

Text Neck Symptoms

Below are some symptoms you may experience if you have text neck. Minor soreness in the upper back or neck that worsens over time is a possibility. You may experience stabbing or shooting sensations depending on the neck's position. Due to bad posture, you may see a hump in the back. The neck, shoulders, and upper back may have decreased their range of motion and flexibility.

Many people who suffer from neck or back pain think they need prescription drugs or even surgery. A chiropractor can assist you in dealing with text neck syndrome.

Chiropractic Care for Text Neck

For treating neck or back problems, a chiropractor can come to your rescue. A chiropractor may assist someone who is suffering from the illness in a number of ways.

The chiropractor can do a thorough physical examination to determine the source of the issue. They may use chiropractic adjustments to move the neck's vertebrae, tendons, and ligaments, allowing it to heal more quickly. They may suggest using cold or heat therapy to get quick relief. A chiropractor may also suggest lifestyle and fitness adjustments to help stop the recurrence of text neck.

When a chiropractor has successfully treated text neck, they will advise patients to elevate the phone's screen to their eye level rather than gazing down at it. This may stop the text neck symptoms from reappearing in the future.

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in San Jose, Calif.

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