Based on a research, an average individual spends more than 3 hours updating twitter, sending texts or reading emails. With kids, the situation is much worse as they are likely to spend more than 5000 hours a year viewing their smartphones. This excessive use of smartphones leads to a condition called text neck. Text neck is a condition where the curve of the cervical spine is reduced or even moved forward causing tension around the shoulders.
According to a new study, text neck is becoming an epidemic that could cause permanent damage in the spine. While staring at our phones, the posture we adopt adds to the tension in the neck causing a damage that may eventually require surgery to correct.
Your Posture Matters
How you sit at a table or in a chair with your smartphone is different from the way you sit without it. Rarely do we sit in the right posture when viewing something on a portable device. As chiropractors, we are witnessing more and more cases of posture related neck and back pain. Cervicogenic headaches along with the forearm and wrist injuries are common in people with issues of posture. Every move you make on your phone screen with the thumb can cause low levels of inflammation, which over time, can turn into permanent inflammation of the tissues.
Best tips you can follow to keep neck and back pain at bay:
- Focus on Proper Alignment. Your head should fall in line with your shoulders and your shoulders in line with your hips. Practice this position against the wall that is your height. Try to take the top of your head to the ceiling with the skull base against the wall.
- Shoulder Blade Squeeze. Get yourself in a chin tuck position and bring your shoulder blades together as if trying to put your hand in the back pocket of the opposite side. Hold yourself in position for about 10 seconds. Repeat the procedure every time you use your phone continuously for more than 10 minutes.
- Exercise Regularly. Exercise daily incorporating weight training, and try maintaining a good posture all the time. You can also consider setting up a reminder to check your position, maybe when you read a new email or get a phone call.
How can The Joint NC Chiropractor Help You?
Chiropractors are doctors that practice conservative care. Their methods do not involve the use of drugs or surgery. Chiropractic spinal manipulation has been considered safe and effective for the treatment of conditions like neck and back pain. With chiropractic intervention, the pain will not last more than six weeks and subside on its own. Other than neck and back pains, a chiropractor can also help you with conditions like osteoarthritis and fibromyalgia. Know more about our chiropractic treatment for neck pain.
How does a chiropractor work?
A chiropractor at The Joint NC will first perform a physical examination based on your medical history. Some of them may use diagnostic imaging to make out whether the treatment they intend to offer you is good for your exact condition.
The initial phase of the treatment involves manual manipulation of the joints using a controlled force with the main objective to improve the range of motion. Many chiropractors in Raleigh may also incorporate exercise/rehabilitation and nutritional counseling into the treatment they offer.
After the diagnosis of your condition, if the chiropractor feels that your condition needs an intervention that is outside his scope of his work, he will ask you to consult a specialist. Most of the chiropractors in Raleigh can work in coordination with other therapy offered to you by modifying their treatment methods based on your individual needs.
Nowadays, smartphones are an integral part of life. While the problems they are causing are numerous, neck pain and back pain may just be the beginning of smartphone related problems. The key to the management of this disease is not allowing it to become chronic. Chiropractic care at The Joint along with the regular workout regimen can certainly help you get rid of this condition.