How Can Chiropractic Treatment Help Text Neck?
The average American spends over four hours per day on their phone. Given those stats, it's no wonder that a new epidemic is sweeping the nation – text neck. Signs include pain and stiffness in the upper back, tight shoulders, and a numb or tingling sensation radiating down the arms.
If you experience these symptoms, your technology use may be to blame.
Why Text Neck Happens
The average human head weighs 10 to 12 pounds. When you maintain good posture, this weight is evenly distributed throughout the spine.
When you tilt your head forwards, however, the pressure on the neck increases. Looking down at your phone adds up to 60 pounds of pressure. This strains the muscles, damages the soft tissues, and shifts the spine out of alignment.
How a Chiropractor Can Help
Try holding your phone at eye level, so you don't have to look down to view it. When using your phone or tablet, get up every 30 minutes to walk around and loosen up your muscles. Finally, if you work at a desk, make sure your computer monitor is set at eye level.
A chiropractor can also offer non-invasive, drug-free treatments to address ongoing discomfort.
When you constantly look down at the technology in your hand, the vertebrae in the spine shift out of alignment. Chiropractic adjustments address this misalignment, alleviating pressure on the muscles, ligaments, and tendons.
A spinal and postural screening allows a chiropractor to pinpoint bad posture habits and find ways to fix them. For example, if your slumped shoulders are linked to a weak core, they may suggest abdominal exercises.
Bay Area Chiropractic Care for Text Neck
Dr. Abdollah Nejad, D.C., can treat your text neck. A licensed chiropractor and head of ChiroSports USA, he has been serving the San Francisco Bay Area for his entire career. He and his team provide personalized care, crafting a one-of-a-kind treatment plan for every patient.
Get your text neck treated now. Schedule an appointment online or by calling either our Union City office at (510) 475-1858 or our Pleasanton office at (925) 462-2225.