What is Text Neck Syndrome?
To be clear, “Text Neck Syndrome” is not an official medical term or diagnosis, rather a description of aches and pains that one may experience when they spend prolonged time with their head flexed forward looking at their phone or other devices.
In today’s world, we are all guilty of looking down at our phones way longer than we should be. So lets take a look at the symptoms of Text Neck Syndrome so you’ll know what to look for.
Common Symptoms of Text Neck Syndrome
- Pain in the upper neck, upper portion of back, and/or shoulder. This pain may be targeted to one specific location and could be stabbing, or it can be a general ache that covers a larger area. For example, you may feel an achiness from the bottom of the neck and into the shoulders.
- Forward head posture and rounded shoulders. Muscles in the neck, upper back and chest may become deconditioned and imbalanced due to prolonged forward head posture.
- Reduced mobility. You may experience tightness and reduced mobility in your neck, upper back and shoulders.
- Headache. Excessive time in front of a screen can cause the muscles at the base of the neck to spasm which can cause pain from the neck into the head. Screen time can also strain the eye’s, possibly resulting in a headache.
- Increased neck pain when neck is flexed forward. Your symptoms may worsen when your neck is flexed forward in the position that you use while viewing your phone.
So what can you do?
After diagnosing the source of pain, your chiropractor can then make the proper adjustments to restore the neck, back and shoulder to alignment.
After alignment is restored, it may be a good idea to reduce screen time and when you do find yourself on any device, try to be mindful of your posture.
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