Prevent Tech Neck with Chiropractic Care
In today’s technology-driven society, tech neck, sometimes referred to as text neck, has become a prevalent condition that has affected people across the globe. Although not technically a medical diagnosis, the term tech neck is used to describe the neck pain or strain affiliated with prolonged use of cell phones, computers, laptops, tablets, and other related devices. In addition, tech neck often leads to several other associated symptoms that cause a person daily pain and discomfort, preventing them from effectively doing their tasks or enjoying their lives to the fullest. If you are worried that tech neck is affecting your quality of life, let the Doctors at Wilbeck Chiropractic treat you today.
What is Tech Neck?
Tech neck, or text neck, is a commonly used term to refer to a repetitive motion injury to the neck caused by the flexion of the neck bending forward for extended periods of time. This is typically caused by people staring down at their phones or computers for hours on end without moving or moving very little. Americans, on average, spend up to 5.4 hours on their smartphone every day. Also, up to 13 percent of Millennials spend an average of 12 hours a day on their mobile phone, even texting 48 minutes a day[i].
Spending this amount of time in a static position is especially harmful to the health of a person’s spine and central nervous system. This kind of chronic neck strain commonly causes neck, back, and shoulder pain. In addition, prolonged periods of time in the tech neck position significantly contributes to issues with the muscles that maintain a person’s posture. People with mild to severe tech neck commonly have rounded shoulders, a chronic neck tilt, and they develop a condition called Dowagers hump, sometimes known as a buffalo hump[ii]. Although Dowager’s hump can be caused by other significant medical conditions like osteoporosis, more and more people are developing this unsightly bulge on their necks and shoulders by the increased muscle tension caused by chronic tech neck.
What are the Most Common Symptoms of Tech Neck?
Tech neck can happen to anyone. It’s easy to get lost in your device these days. We use them to communicate, play games, watch videos, and scroll our favorite social media platforms. Factoring in the time we spend on the computer for both work and recreational purposes make it even more difficult to avoid being afflicted with tech neck. It does not take long for symptoms of tech neck to set in. Even a few hours a week can cause adverse effects. Unfortunately, most Americans spend quite a bit more time than that on their devices, causing tech neck to be a far more widespread issue in our culture today. Listed below are some of the more common symptoms people with tech neck experience:
- Neck Pain
- Herniated Disc
- Low Back pain
- Headaches & Migraines
- Joint Pain
- Shoulder Pain
- Rounded Shoulders
- Bad Posture
- Shoulders/Neck Hump (Dowagers hump)
- Muscle Stiffness/Soreness
- Difficulty Moving
Treat Your Tech Neck Today with Chiropractic Care
If you are experiencing pain caused by symptoms related to your tech neck, allow the team at Wilbeck Chiropractic to help you. Wichita’s premier Doctors of Chiropractic are the pain-relief experts who can alleviate your discomfort and help you recover. Don’t let an issue like tech neck ruin your life. Seek out the best chiropractic care that the Wichita area has to offer at Wilbeck Chiropractic.
The doctors at the Wilbeck Chiropractic Clinics know how this kind of neck strain has impacted virtually all of our patients in some major or minor way. Whether our patients are experiencing neck pain, shoulder discomfort, or headaches/migraines, we believe that living with continuous pain is both unnatural and unhealthy. The doctors at Wilbeck Chiropractic recognize how difficult recovering from tech neck can be. This is why it is essential to treat tech neck naturally at its foundation, the central nervous system.
Every patient that visits one of our Wichita clinics is interviewed and examined by one of our board-certified chiropractors. The doctors of chiropractic use the time during their assessment to attain a better insight into the nature of their patient’s distress and identify potential sources of their pain. After which, the chiropractors work with our patients to create a treatment plan that works best to eliminate their pain and help them avoid it in the future. Along with a physical exam, if necessary, the team at Wilbeck Chiropractic also obtain digital x-rays of their patients to better evaluate where their spinal misalignments may be located.
After the initial diagnosis, our chiropractors begin their patient’s treatment regimen. The chiropractors direct their treatment both on their patient’s acute areas of distress as well as their entire body. Our doctors achieve this by manually realigning their patient’s misaligned joints and spine, adjusting the neural pathways back to a position of proper spinal alignment. Realigning the neural pathways to their correct position helps alleviate the patient’s pain, and in the case of tech neck, helps improve their overall posture.
Treat Your Tech Neck with Preventative Chiropractic Care
In the case of central nervous pain and discomfort, especially if you are struggling with overcoming tech neck, it is essential to invest in your health before reaching a crisis point. The best way to do this is to see our team for regular preventative chiropractic care. This way, you can avoid issues like tech neck and continue safeguard the health of your joints, spine, and central nervous system.
[i] G., D. (2021, November 1). How Much Time Does the Average American Spend on Their Phone in 2021? Retrieved from https://techjury.net: https://techjury.net/blog/how-much-time-does-the-average-american-spend-on-their-phone/#gref
[ii] Dresden, D. (2020, July 20). What causes a hump on the back of the neck? Retrieved from https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/: https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/hump-on-the-back-of-the-neck#summary
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