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Text Neck: Who Has It and How Is It Cured?

By Genevieve Cunningham

In today’s world, it may be true that texting is the most common form of communication. For most people, phone calls are ignored. In-person meetups? Only as a last resort. We’re much more likely to pick up the phone and send a text than to actually answer the phone or send an email or talk to someone face to face. And while the world of texting brings some benefits into our lives -- things like instant communication and quick, quiet messaging -- it also brings some negatives -- like health concerns. If you’d like to continue your texting without the worry of health woes, take a look at the growing issue of text neck and some tips for staying well.

What is Text Neck?

Text neck, which is also called tech neck, is a condition that happens when too much time is spent in a slouched, bent over position. It’s called text neck because the position is one that is often practiced by those using their phones. It can create a curvature of the spine -- sometimes permanent -- that can then cause pain and ongoing discomfort.

Is it Really a Problem?

Many people hear about text neck and believe it to be an exaggerated problem. People don’t actually suffer from this, right? Actually … they really do! More and more doctors are seeing patients complaining of pain in the back and neck. And the cause in many of these cases is poor posture associated with excessive phone use.

Who is Most Affected?

Anyone can be affected by text neck. Most doctors are seeing an increase in young patients -- even teenagers! Why? Because this is the age group most likely to spend massive amounts of time on a technological device. If you or a loved one spends excessive time texting, browsing the internet, playing games, or simply using their smartphones, it’s possible that text neck will becomes a serious problem.

How Can It Be Treated?

The most obvious way to deal with text neck is to prevent it. Limiting your phone usage -- or at the very least maintaining good posture while using it -- can help prevent or lessen the damage of text neck. If you already suffer from this condition, it’s time to get to the chiropractor. Chiropractors may be able to adjust the spine, remove joint restrictions, release tension, and improve flexibility. In a world of growing technology, making chiropractic care a regular part of your life is a smart choice.

If you would like to try chiropractic care in your life, check out The Joint Chiropractic. At The Joint, getting care is easier than ever before. Just use their walk-in visits and affordable pricing to get the care you need without any extra hassle. Text neck is a serious problem that probably isn’t going anywhere anytime soon. Protect yourself and your family with a quick stop at The Joint as soon as today.

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Austin, Tex.

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