Text neck, a term used to describe pain and damage in the neck that is caused by looking down at your cell phone, tablet and/or other wireless devices frequently and for long periods of time. Unfortunately, it is becoming a popular common condition. Text neck is becoming an especially concerning problem in children and teens and it may cause permanent damage to their cervical spines, which can lead to lifelong upper back pain and
Symptoms of Text Neck
Text neck most generally causes neck soreness and pain. However, it can also lead to:
· Headaches Upper back pain, that ranges from a chronic nagging pain to severe and sharp muscle spasms
· Shoulder tightness and pain, possibly causing painful shoulder muscle spasms
· In some situations, a cervical pinched nerve in your neck may occur, which can result in additional neurological symptoms and pain that radiates down your arm and into your fingers.
Keep Your Neck HealthySimple shoulder and neck stretches are essential for good blood flow and relieving tension.
To do a simple neck stretch, tuck your chin toward your neck, and then slowly raise your chin toward the ceiling. Other stretches, such as rotating your head by looking out over one shoulder, then slowly turning your head to look over the other shoulder will also help to keep muscles loose in your neck and shoulders.
Making small adjustments such as raising the phone to eye level, taking frequent breaks, standing up straight and frequent arching and stretching can help to prevent neck pain while texting or bending to look at devices. If you are experiencing chronic pain in your neck, back or shoulders it is best to schedule an appointment with your Dr. Walker as soon as possible.
Do you think you may be suffering from text neck?
If so, contact Full Spectrum Chiropractic today; to learn more information about the treatment options we have available to relieve your pain.