Most people can remember being yelled at to “Sit up straight!” and “Don’t slouch.” as a kid. Maybe this seemed like just another annoying thing adults would harass you about. Unfortunately for the slumping masses, our parents may have been right. “Text Neck” is becoming more common as Americans struggle to pull themselves away from their smartphones.
Even if you’re not already familiar with the term, you may have already experienced “Text Neck” for yourself. It starts off as a dull achy feeling in your neck, upper back and shoulders and can progress to a stabbing pain if left unchanged. Overstretched and overworked muscles, tendons, and ligaments can become inflamed and painful if put into poor positions with loading for long periods of time.
Text Neck Can Impact Your Health
Overtime this extra stress can cause strained muscles, pinched or compressed nerves and degeneration of the spine. To make matters worse, poor posture as a result of using technology has been linked to depression, headaches, heart disease and neurological problems.
While this DOES NOT mean you have to give up your smartphone, it does mean that you should probably start working on your posture to decrease your risk for these problems in the future.
The Simple Fix for Text Neck
- It seems simple but limit time on your smartphone. Use a full monitor for prolonged reading or work.
- “Push through the top of your head.” Using these muscles takes the pressure off of the joints in your spine.
- Sit on your butt, not your back. By sitting in an upright posture you are more likely to keep your head up.
- Change positions frequently. No matter how “perfect” your posture is, there is no substitute for frequent activity.
If you find that your neck pain isn’t relieved with these simple strategies, consider making an appointment at our office to get a consultation on how conservative chiropractic care may be able to help (973) 635-2605.