Many people visit the doctor or the chiropractor with a common complaint about neck pain. The funny thing is that the answer to their condition is usually held in their hands.
That’s right—they’re suffering from “text neck,” the name given to the posture people assume when looking down at their cell phone, causing a rounding of the spine, particularly in the neck.
If you have neck pain, text neck might be to blame.
What is Text Neck?
The other name for “text neck” is anterior head syndrome, which is a loss of the cervical structure—or the region of the spine that makes up our necks.
The cause of text neck is when the neck is held at an unnatural angle for an extended period of time, causing problems like headaches, reduced blood flow to the brain, and pain in the muscles of the neck and shoulders.
Obviously, anterior head syndrome isn’t good for you, but it doesn’t seem that the epidemic of text neck is going to abate any time soon.
Other problems caused by text neck include:
- Early arthritis problems
- Spinal misalignment
- Flattened spinal curve
- Spinal degeneration
- Herniated discs
- Compressed discs
- Damaged muscles
- Nerve damage
- Lost lung volume capacity due to forward curve of the neck, shortening the windpipe
- Gastrointestinal issues
- Stressed spine, resulting in worsened headaches, allergies, asthma, heartburn, constipation, cramping, and more.
Preventing Text Neck
Now, because text neck is something that shouldn’t be disregarded or scoffed at, you need to take care to prevent it from happening. Here are some tips to follow:
Put the Phone Down
By limiting your mobile use, you can prevent text neck. It’s that easy. Put the phone down and go outside.
Walk around. Sit with proper posture.
Do some yoga. Stretch. Do something that doesn’t involve staring down at something.
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Get Your Spinal Alignment Checked by a Chiropractor
Many of the misalignment issues caused by poor posture from text neck or other conditions can be relieved by a visit to the chiropractor.
The methods chiropractors use help relax the muscles and lessen the stress on the spine.
As mentioned in the first point, movement is the main way to ward off text neck. A little exercise will help maintain flexibility and stability of the joints.
So, for the health of your neck and spine, put the phone down and go outside.
How to Deal with Neck Pain
If you have neck pain from text neck, there are simple options for dealing with the pain that can make a significant difference. Here are a couple examples:
Stretches for Neck Pain
Whatever the field of work may be, from industrial to healthcare to technology, most of the people stuck in a single position and therefore fail to improve their posture along with neck pain, shoulder and body pain. Here are some of the stretching exercise you can try out to get relief from the neck pain.
Side Neck Stretch
The position of the stretching is more critical, push your shoulder back and make sure you sit up straight. Tilt your head on your right side and with the help of your right hand pull down the head to bring the right shoulder and right ear closer, now stretch out muscles on your neck left side.
Follow the same for the other side, keep on repeating for few times and you will feel a pleasant relief.
Forward Neck Stretch
Keep your hands on your head back and pull the head forward, make sure the chin is touching your collarbone and you should be facing your chest. You can feel the tension in your neck back muscles, repeat the same process on the other side and keep continuing for few minutes.
Alternate Neck Stretch
Turn your head right slightly and place your hands on your head back and pull it forward, you should be looking your right armpit, similarly, perform the same rules in other direction and keep doing it for few minutes to experience the relief.
Neck Pain Massage Techniques
You can try to apply these two neck massage techniques namely the circular friction and gliding stroke.
In this massaging, you need to apply the pressure between the shoulder blade and spine in the circular friction motion to feel the relief.
Apply the pressure on the area between the shoulder blade and spine with your thumb and bring it down the muscle by applying firm pressure and follow the pathway of the shoulder blade.
Concluding Thoughts – How to Avoid Text Neck
While technology has done many wonderful things for us, it has also introduced a painful side-effect known as text neck. This condition puts stress on the body and can cause a number of health concerns that will affect someone for years if not checked.
The best way to prevent text neck is to put the phone down and limit your usage.
You’ll be surprised how fast the pain goes away.