It is apparent that texting on cell phone and electronic devices is a real factor for causing Charlotte neck pain. A recent University poll revealed that women students spent ten hours on their phones per day and men students spent eight. Most were spending as little as two to four hours a day hunched over a smart phone texting. This is more than enough to make a serious impact on the neck and back over time. The reality is that some teens probably spend twice texting on their hand held devices. Considering the possible impact of 1500 hours of bad posture in a year, there is no doubt that teenagers are at risk for serious neck pain by the time they are in their twenties.
An individual’s texting habits may be the root cause of their neck pain. In addition to excessive amounts of time texting, consider the amount of time on a computer or tablet, browsing the web and watching videos. This has to be a factor in the increased numbers of people who complain of neck pain. Health care professionals have coined a term for the condition: Text Neck.
How texting causes neck pain
It is natural to wonder how texting cause neck pain and the explanation is simple. When people spend a lot of time looking down at their phone or tablet, they are inadvertently underusing and overusing the muscles in their neck. Our neck is very similar to our lower back. The vertebrae in the neck and lower back are designed to form a curve when relaxed and in a neutral position. When your neck is out of its neutral positon, its natural curve is distorted. After time, the ligaments that support the neck slowly start to become deformed. The ligaments in the back of your neck stretch, while the ligaments in the front of your neck become shortened.
If the problem is not addressed, your neck’s natural curvature will be absent when you raise your head to a neutral position. This places stress on the joints, discs, muscles and nerves in the neck. Eventually, your neck will degenerate prematurely. The problem can be so serious that individuals can suffer with bulging discs and loss of sensation in the arms and fingers.
The good news is that Text Neck is correctable. Your chiropractor can provide painless and gentle treatments combined with exercise that will strengthen the muscles in your neck, and help to restore your neck’s natural curve. The top chiropractors in Charlotte also offer lifestyle coaching to help you spend less time texting, or teach you how to ensure that your neck remains in a neutral position when you do use your device.
Charlotte chiropractic treatment for neck pain
Do not guess about the condition of your body and your health. The doctors at ChiroCarolina® are experts at the diagnosis and treatment of numerous health problems. They utilize several treatment modalities that can have you and your family enjoying optimal health whether it is gentle spinal adjustments, dietary counseling, massage therapy, or lifestyle coaching. It is time to improve your quality of life. Patients visit from all over North Carolina, South Carolina, and from as far as Georgia, Florida and Virginia. Find some answers for your back pain at ChiroCarolina®, one of Charlotte’s top chiropractic centers providing quality chiropractic care for the uptown, NoDa, and University area- located conveniently off North Tryon Street.