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Teens, Tech Neck, and Chiropractic Care

By Donna Stark

There are plenty of examples of trendy catch phrases that have gone through the detailed process and been added to the list of accepted words in the dictionary all because of their repeated use and popularity. And whether "tech neck" has or hasn't taken that step yet, it is still a phrase you should know about, especially if you have teenagers. Why? Well, you've already noticed the physical position that tech neck describes, but do you know what kind of damage can come from it? If not, keep reading. Your local chiropractors at The Joint Chiropractic have a lot to share with you.

The Definition of Tech Neck

It doesn't matter what device they are using, if your children are bending their necks down, holding their heads forward, and keeping their eyes focused on a screen that is at their waist or chest level, they could be at risk for tech neck. Take a look at the following symptoms that accompany this condition.

  • Stabbing pain in the neck, upper back, or shoulders
  • General soreness in the neck and shoulders
  • Increased muscle tightness and spasms
  • Reduced mobility and range of motion
  • Eye strain and frequent headaches

Proactive Steps to Take

If you want to reduce the risk of your children sustaining any type of damage or injury from this daily habit, encourage them to consider the following suggestions.

  • Take a 15-second break every 15 minutes to look at something else
  • Stretch the neck and upper back frequently to ease muscle pain
  • Keep the screens of their devices at eye level
  • Set limits on the amount of time they are on their devices
  • Focus on, and correct, posture
  • Get regular adjustments

Chiropractic Care for Tech Neck

The goals of the chiropractors at The Joint Chiropractic are to treat the underlying source of pain your children may be feeling, correct any alignment issues, and provide advice on how to improve their overall health and wellness. If your children are starting to show signs of tech neck, bring them in for a visit! The adjustments will make a huge difference in how they feel, and since chiropractic care is effective, gentle, and completely all-natural, it is safe for people of all ages. Your children will receive quick relief and long-lasting results without the use of prescription medication or invasive surgeries. With so many potential benefits coming their way, and so little hassle to be seen, routine chiropractic care at The Joint Chiropractic is a no-brainer! 

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

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