In today’s world, everyone is focused on their cell phones, tablets, and computers. This has opened us up to new medical conditions that didn’t exist two decades ago. One of these medical conditions is text neck. People have been looking down for centuries. In the past, when people would read, write, and sew, they would look down frequently. However, while doing these tasks, people weren’t completely consumed with what was in front of them the way they are today with their devices.

Q: What Is Text Neck?

A: Text neck is a painful condition that affects your neck, shoulders, and upper back. Looking down for long periods can put pressure on your neck muscles. This pressure can result in pain.

Q: What Are the Symptoms of Text Neck?

  • A: If you are suffering from text neck, there are a few painful symptoms that you are likely to suffer.
  • Upper back pain ranging from nagging to severe
  • Neck pain
  • Muscle spasms in the upper back
  • Shoulder pain and tightness which can result in muscle spasms
  • Pain that runs down the arm to the hand which is often a result of a pinched nerve
  • Early onset of arthritis in the neck

Q: What Can You Do To Treat Text Neck On Your Own?

A: If you are suffering from text neck, there are a few things that you can do on your own to treat the problem.

  • Putting down your device often and stretching will help. Start by rolling your head back and forth. Next, roll your shoulders. This will help your tense muscles.
  • To reduce the strain on your cervical spine, try holding your device up higher.
  • When working on your computer or phone, stop every hour or so and take a break for five to ten minutes.

Q: How Can a Chiropractor Help?

A: If your text neck is severe, you may need professional help. A chiropractor can perform an adjustment to realign your spine, helping to relieve the symptoms. Massage, ultrasound, and stretching will also be helpful.

If you are suffering from the symptoms of text neck, you should schedule an appointment with Transformation Wellness Center LLC in Grand Junction. Our chiropractor can create a treatment plan to help with the pain. After your first visit with us, you should start feeling some relief.

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