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Posted on 04-10-2016

Have you heard of "text neck" yet? Huffington Post recently had this to say about it:

"Text neck is quite literally a pain in neck resulting from spending long periods of time looking down at your smart phone or tablet.[...]You can’t ride on a bus or sit on the tube or quite frankly spend time in any public space these days without noticing that 90 percent of the people around you adopt this position. Eyes drawn down, neck bent at a 40-degree angle and shoulders rounded staring intently at a mobile phone."

Whether it's phones, tablets, or computers, we always seem to be hunched over some electronic gadget these days. But what is text neck and what can you do to prevent it?

Text neck is the newest name for a condition chiropractors have been treating for years: Forward Head Posture. In this condition, the head comes forward off the neck, which throws the entire spine out of balance. The shoulders round, the upper back shifts forward, and then the hips are forced to compensate by tilting. All this rearranging of the spine creates stress and strain throughout the body, and can lead to many issues including headaches and migraines, TMJ problems, neck and back pain, and more.

So what can you do about it?

Take breaks. Many people work on computers all day, so there's no getting away from them. Taking 1-2 minute breaks every hour will let your neck rest. Sit up straight, and pull your head back on top of your shoulders.

Move your neck. When you take those small breaks, take your neck through its range of motion. Drop your ear to your shoulder on each side, raise your chin a few times.

Make your electronics work for you. The best advice is to limit your screen time, but that's not realistic for most people. Instead, arrange your work space so that you're not looking down at your computer. Phones should be held at eye level as much as possible. Believe it or not, there's even an app to help you avoid text neck.

Get adjusted. Regular chiropractic adjustment can successfully treat Forward Head Posture. When your spine is properly aligned, your whole body will work better.

For help with text neck or other neck and back problems, contact us today.

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