With technology becoming an increasingly important part of our lives, and with it an increased pressure to stay in constant contact with our friends, family, and coworkers, more and more people have found themselves searching for solutions to a condition known as “text neck.” But what exactly is text neck, and could it be the cause of your chronic pain? In this blog post, we explore the phenomenon of text neck, including its causes, symptoms, and how chiropractic care can help. To learn more about text neck and other causes of chronic pain, schedule an appointment at Chiropractic FIRST in Lincoln today.

Definition

The term “text neck” was coined by U.S. chiropractor Dr. Dean L. Fishman to describe repeated stress injury and pain in the neck area as a result of excessive texting on handheld devices over a sustained period of time. Other terms for the condition include “turtle neck” and anterior head syndrome. When in the text neck position, a person’s head will be forward, their shoulders rounded, and their back slumped.  

Text neck has truly become an epidemic in the United States today. According to research, the average person spends approximately five hours every day looking at their phone, with  7 out of 10 people experiencing neck aches at some point in their life. 

What Text Neck Does to Your Body

Text neck compresses and tightens the muscles, tendon, and ligament structure in front of your neck while lengthening the muscles, tendon, and ligament structures behind the neck. With the average human head weighing approximately 10-12 pounds, the amount of weight your neck has to carry can quickly add up to 60 pounds or more — the equivalent of carrying an 8-year-old around on your neck for several hours a day! This can lead to debilitating pain in your neck, upper back, and/or shoulders, as well as headaches due to muscle tightness at the base of your skill. 

Symptoms of Text Neck

Are you unsure whether or not you’re suffering from text neck? Ask yourself if you have one of several of these symptoms:

  • Pain in your neck, upper back and/or shoulders
  • Reduced mobility in your neck, upper back, and/or shoulders
  • Headache
  • Neck stiffness and soreness
  • Pain when trying to turn your head

Prevention and Management 

Prevention is key when it comes to text neck. Here are a few simple changes that can help:

  • Avoid excessive usage of handheld devices
  • Take frequent breaks
  • Hold your device at eye level when possible
  • Avoid high repetitions of movements such as prolonged typing or swiping 
  • Avoid prolonged static postures; try to maintain a neutral head position (chin tucked in, shoulders pulled back)
  • Practice chin tuck exercises
  • Schedule an appointment with Dr. Jamey Kruger at Chiropractic FIRST! 

Find Relief From Text Neck in Lincoln, Nebraska 

When it comes to text neck and other posture-related pain, the team at Chiropractic FIRST is here to help. Thanks to our first visit offer, you can get your first consultation and chiropractic adjustment for only $97. Get in touch with us now to get started.