Text Neck refers to an overuse syndrome characterized by soreness of the upper back accompanied by severe neck pain. Looking down at the mobile phone screen for prolonged periods can greatly damage the spine. The condition may also lead to serious medical conditions such as Arthritis, Pinched Nerve, Disc Herniation etc.
- Overuse of mobile phones and similar electronic devices
- Keeping the neck bent downwards or slouching in order to look at the mobile screen for longer periods
- Reading steadily for prolonged periods can also be a cause
- Tightness and soreness of the shoulder muscles
- Pain in the neck
- In extreme cases, it may be accompanied by headaches
- Increased curvature of the spine
- Inflammation of the neck muscles and veins
- Pain may extend to the arms and wrists
Chiropractic Treatment For Text Neck
The chiropractor may conduct a thorough examination by inquiring about the symptoms and the history of neck pain. He may observe the movement of the neck, signs of tenderness and numbness in the shoulders.
Some of the common techniques used by chiropractors have been listed below:
This technique helps to remove any restrictions in the range of motion of the neck. The chiropractor uses hand movements to move the vertebrae from right to left and vice versa, while the patient lies on his back in a relaxed state. The procedure also involves moving the head forward, backward and to the sides.
Cervical Manual Traction
This method involves a gentle pulling of the neck by the chiropractor. The patient may rest in a comfortable position, be it sitting, lying on the back or the stomach. However, the most preferable position would be lying on the back with head on one edge of the table. The chiropractor may cup the base of the skull with one hand and cover the chin with the other. This technique is followed by a gentle traction to realign the spine.
An important aspect when treating the Text Neck Syndrome is to maintain the right posture. Using a cell phone correctly requires holding it at an elevated angle. Slouching or bending the neck even by 15 degrees can significantly increase the pressure on the spine and lead to the condition. Practicing certain exercises can help to treat the symptoms:
Chin Tucking Exercise
This can help to strengthen the neck muscles and improve the alignment of the spine.
Procedure- Sit straight on a chair. Slowly bend your neck in order to touch your chin to the chest. This helps to stretch the muscles at the base of the neck. This exercise can be repeated multiple times a day, in any comfortable sitting position.
It can be done to improve flexibility of the neck muscles. It also helps to ward-off any stiffness in the shoulders and neck by increasing the flow of blood to the muscles.
Procedure- Sit or stand in a comfortable position with the hands on the sides. Rotate your head in order to look at your right shoulder and stay in the position for 3-4 seconds. Repeat by rotating the head in order to look over the left shoulder for 3-4 seconds. Repeat the same process 8-10 times a day.
This exercise is very effective in restoring alignment of the spine.
Procedure- Place your arms down on your sides and stand straight. Rotate the shoulders back and forth in sets of 10-12. Rest for a few seconds and repeat the same vice versa. This exercise is a great way of treating stiff and sore shoulder muscles.
Exercising regularly can prove to be of great help in treating the symptoms of Text Neck.
Listed below are some preventative measures for the condition:
- Maintain your posture to avoid bending the head forward
- Practice exercises to strengthen the spine
- While using cellphone, maintain a healthy level between the phone and eyes. Similarly, you can keep your computer screen at a higher level in order to avoid bending the neck
- Take short breaks from your activities and practice stretching to relieve muscle tension in the neck
Corrective Chiropractic & Wellness offers effective treatment for Text Neck and other medical conditions. To schedule an appointment with the chiropractors, you can call at (254) 698 – 1600 or visit 560 E. Central Texas Expressway, Suite 102, Harker Heights, TX 76548.