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Why Chiropractors Worry About Texting

By Lana Bandoim

Texting neck is becoming a serious problem. Chiropractors are seeing more patients who complain about neck pain and other problems because they spend hours looking down at their phone. From pain to muscle strains, texting can be an issue.

Texting Neck

Some people use the phrase texting neck to describe the bent posture that others use while looking at their phones. Chiropractors share that bending the head while texting can add an extra 60 pounds of pressure to the spine. This is why many people have pain and other problems after using a phone for a long period of time.

Taking Breaks

The easiest way to avoid texting neck is to take frequent breaks. Talk instead of texting or switch to a computer and type. Try to avoid texting for hours while looking down. Chiropractors recommend looking up from a phone frequently.

Changing Positions

It is easy to develop the habit of holding a phone in one position. However, this can lead to muscles strains and sprains. Try to change positions and move the phone up higher. Avoid bending the neck and straining the muscles.

Exercise and Stretches

Exercise is a necessary part of a healthy lifestyle, and it can help people who suffer from texting neck. Incorporate exercise and stretches into your routine. Think about joining a gym or work out at home with friends. It can be hard to find time to exercise when you are busy, but it is important to make it a priority.

Communicate in Other Ways

Texting can be a fun and easy way to communicate with people, but it is not the only option. Consider other ways to stay in touch with people and try them. Send an email on a computer, make a phone call or get together for lunch in person. Although technology is sometimes necessary and important, it is not the only way to talk. Try a technology break for a few days and see if communication improves. This will give your body the chance to recover from texting neck, which has also been called text neck.

Consider going to The Joint Chiropractic for more help and additional information. The licensed professionals are able to treat a variety of joint problems including texting neck. In addition, they are open on weekends and evenings, so the schedule is flexible at The Joint. You do not need insurance to see a chiropractor, and there are personalized care plans available.

To learn more about your health and wellness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Orlando, Fla.

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