Text Neck: How Chiropractors Can Help?

by Administrator 24. November 2016 16:25

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:

Cervical Mobilization

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.

Head Rotation

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.

Shoulder Rotation

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.

Preventive Measures

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.

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Chiropractic Care For Low Back Pain

by Administrator 17. November 2016 21:35

Low back pain is a commonly reported ailment that may affect any person irrespective of age or gender. The lumbar spine is a complex network of bones (vertebrae), muscles, ligaments, tendons, nerves and blood vessels. They work together in tandem to help the body parts move as well as perform the important task of relaying messages from one part of the body to the other. Damage to any part of these complex spine structures can result in lower back pain.


  • Poor posture is one of the major causes of low back pain. Sitting or slouching for long hours can stress the lower back muscles and bones
  • Weakening of the bones and ligaments with age
  • Lifting heavy weights places additional pressure on the back which may result in pain.
  • Sudden movements such as bending or straightening
  • Psychological stress
  • Muscle sprain or overstretching of the ligaments
  • Pinching or compression of the nerve endings as they emerge between the intervertebral spaces
  • Degeneration of the discs between the vertebrae
  • Direct injury or fall resulting in dislocation or compression fracture
  • Osteoarthritis of the lumbar spine
  • Overuse injuries suffered by sports persons or those indulged in excessive workout regimes


  • Inability to bend, move and lie down on the back
  • Muscle spasms
  • Dull ache or sharp shooting pain can be experienced in the lower back, buttocks, groin and thighs
  • The lower back may feel tender or sore when touched
  • A burning, pricking or tingling sensation in the lower spine
  • Pain after a period of rest, while waking up in the morning and it tends to subside with movement
  • Loss of range of motion
  • Pain may increase while walking, running, climbing the stairs, standing and sitting
  • Weakness and numbness


  • X-ray imaging may be conducted to assess changes in the bone structure
  • MRI and CT scan may be required to get a clear picture of the soft tissues as well as nerve roots within the spine. These tests also help to detect damage to any of these structures
  • Detailed clinical examination of the back, hips, legs, knee joint as well as the past medical records of the patient and their lifestyle
  • In some cases, a myelogram (dye induced CT scan) may be required for a better view of the spinal column

How chiropractic care can relieve low back pain?

This is a safe and non-invasive form of treatment that can be very beneficial for patients suffering from low back pain. Chiropractic treatment is based on the process of manual stimulation and manipulation of the affected part of the spinal cord. It helps to provide relief from the symptoms, improve the functioning and also prevent chronicity of the disease. Chiropractic care involves a combination of specific exercises and adjustments made to the spine as well as some ergonomic modifications suggested by the chiropractor to improve the functionality of the back.

Chiropractic treatment for low back pain may involve:

  • The chiropractor may conduct a physical test to assess the strength and flexibility of the muscles. He may looks for misalignments in the bones or soft tissue structures of the spine and lower extremities. Certain some neurological tests may be required to check nerve functioning.
  • In order to treat subluxations, the misaligned parts of the spine may be subjected to a sudden arm thrust. This results in an audible pop sound which indicates the release of built up gases in the joint spaces, thus providing immediate relief to the patient.
  • In some cases this adjustment can be done using electric stimulators instead of arm thrust after applying ice packs or massaging the affected area to relax the patient
  • Hot or cold therapy may also be used as alternate methods of chiropractic treatment to reduce pain and swelling. 
  • Specific set of exercises, as recommended by the chiropractor, can be incorporated in the patient’s routine for better results
  • Traction- a set of rollers can be moved over the patient’s back to stretch and soothe the sore muscles. Traction devices may also help in decompressing the vertebral joints and reducing pressure exerted on them.
  • STIM- Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation is a process of placing electrodes at the specific points on the back to block pain signals in the nerve endings and promote the release of endorphins

The chiropractor may advise the patient regarding lifestyle and occupational modification, dietary habits as well as strategies to cope with stress.

We, at Corrective Chiropractic & Wellness, provide effective chiropractic treatment for lower back pain. 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.

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