A phenomenon known as the text-neck epidemic has become part of today’s society. It has to do with the damage done to one’s spine due to constantly looking down at a phone or other electronic device. It is being seen particularly in the younger generation as they have more access to cell phones and other electronic equipment.
Understanding why this is creating a problem has to do with how the body works. The head is very heavy, weighing approximately 12-15 lbs. For every inch the head is bent forward, the spine is impacted by twice as much stress. Obviously, this can lead to increased back and neck pain. Rather than holding the phone at eye level, people have developed the habit of bending their necks forward to see their phones. This can also create additional health problems, such as a 30% reduction in lung function, heart disease, depression, and headaches.
The Upper Cervical Link to Neck Pain
In my practice, I see patients coming in complaining of neck pain quite often. For some, it can be linked to the many hours spent looking at electronic devices and putting undue pressure on the spine. By examining the spine of my patients and correcting the misalignments that exist, much of this pressure is taken off of the spine. This leads to overall better health.
Rather than turning to medications to relieve neck pain, a better option is to see an upper cervical chiropractor for an adjustment to help the head sit properly on the neck. I find that one of the top two vertebrae is often out of alignment. An adjustment helps to realign the head and bring relief to neck pain and discomfort. I also remind my patients that it is important to pay attention to their posture when they are using electronic devices. When this is combined with regular upper cervical care, they usually report feeling much better.
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Johnson Spinal Care and Associates are Apple Valley Upper Cervical Chiropractors trained by the National Upper Cervical Chiropractic Association (NUCCA). Our NUCCA Clinic has helped many people find natural relief from post-concussion syndrome in Apple Valley, Minnesota. We are uniquely trained to correct problems in the upper cervical spine (upper neck). This vital area is intimately connected to the central nervous system and problems in this area have been shown to be an underlying cause of a variety of different health problems. More information can be found on our website at http://www.johnsonspinalcare.com[/fusion_text]