Are you guilty of spending a lot of time utilizing electronic devices, such as cell phones and laptops, and continuously looking down to look at the screen?
Then you could be one of an increasing number of people experiencing tech neck. This widespread use of technology is placing our spines and necks under a lot of pressure. For instance, our heads weigh 10- 12 pounds when they are in a neutral position, but once we bend them forward 1 inch, it is an additional 10 pounds of unnecessary pressure on the spine. So, if you have your head bent forward 3 inches, that’s 30 pounds of pressure placed upon the base of your neck causing a strain on the spine and surrounding musculature.
This explains why tech neck is a growing problem, but is it something you are showing the symptoms of? And if so, what actions can you do to remedy it? Text neck occurs with several symptoms, which primarily relate to a sore or painful sensation in the neck. Severe muscle spasms or rough, troublesome pains are also commonplace when the condition worsens. Some patients have noted pain or tightness in their shoulders, while others experience shooting pains that run down their arms. The latter are neurological symptoms that happen as the result of a nerve being pinched.
We can offer you an individualized treatment program that will alleviate these symptoms. These lifestyle changes include how to use technology while preventing your head from tilting forward, how to correct your overall posture, and how to keep your spine in a healthy, neutral position always. By undergoing chiropractic treatment while practicing these exercises in your own time, it’ll help eliminate any of the symptoms generated by tech neck and will also enable you to put all the necessary steps in place to make sure the condition does not happen again.
If these symptoms sound very familiar to you, you should contact us at Fogarty Chiropractic Life Clinic at (321) 636-5200 to schedule your appointment today.