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The Dangers of Text Neck and What You Can Do to Prevent It

With our continual use of technology in today’s world, there is a new phenomenon called text neck. This condition affects the placement and alignment of the neck, and brings with it some serious health risks. For a greater understanding of this new medical condition and how you can prevent it, read on.

What Is Text Neck?

Text neck is a condition in which the continual use of technology causes neck pain and discomfort. In some cases, it can cause more than soreness, and results in actual injury. It stems from the way in which people hold their heads and necks when using technology, or specifically their phones, hence the name text neck. With a neck that is constantly bent over, soreness, stiffness, and even injury abound.

What Are the Symptoms?

If you suspect that you may have text neck, look for the following symptoms: increasing occurrences of headaches, neck pain, pain in the shoulders, pain in the upper back, and even a slight curving of the spine. Considering that all of these symptoms stem from the simple use of a device, the symptoms are quite alarming. The severity of the symptoms will vary from person to person, but tend to be more prominent with an increased level of activity on the phone or device. 

Solutions

There are many solutions for this type of pain. For starters, you can always curb your technology use. With our modern world, this is probably unlikely. It can also be helpful to perform neck stretches throughout the day to release tension and pain. This can especially be beneficial during your actual use. Take a few seconds as you use your device, and stretch it out. Another great solution is to get chiropractic care. Since text neck often causes actual curvature and misalignments of the spine, chiropractic care can really help. A chiropractor can use spinal manipulation to properly align the spine and keep it healthier and pain free. Since we are unlikely to stop using technological devices any time soon, it can also be helpful to get care on a regular basis in order to keep the spine aligned and eliminate this sort of pain on a consistent schedule.

To get chiropractic care, try The Joint Chiropractic. At The Joint, walk in appointments and affordable pricing are part of the experience. Let a chiropractor align your spine, reduce your text neck, and keep your spine and body healthier than ever.

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