Text neck is a syndrome that unfortunately impacts almost everyone in our world of technology and cell phones. This occurs when you are looking down at your phone and bending your neck, causing a lot of stress on this area. Not only is this not a good position for your spine, but it can put a lot of stress on your neck, shoulders and upper back. In this article, we will explain why it’s important to resolve text neck quickly!
Imagine that your head is like a bowling ball: the further forward your head carries, the more pressure you are putting on your neck, forcing it to support that bowling ball. As you can see in the diagram below, this posture can put up to 60 pounds of pressure on your neck! Your cervical spine is so important to your health. When we have stress in this area, not only can this cause localized issues in the head, shoulders and down through the arms, but it can also cause global issues throughout the rest of the body.
The good thing is that there are solutions to this problem! One great solution is chiropractic care. Regular adjustments can help fix the structure in the neck and back, which can in turn physically affect your body’s structure and posture. Another thing that can really help is regularly stretching the neck and chest. When the chest muscles weaken, it can cause the shoulders to round and create bad posture. Try this great chest stretch at home: stand in a corner, put one hand on each wall, and lean into the corner. This will not only stretch the chest, but also help improve posture over time!
By doing these things, you can help eliminate text neck syndrome and improve your body’s overall function! Book your first appointment at Alive Chiropractic today, and see the difference for yourself in our office! Take advantage of our $40 new patient special to start your healing journey today!