Text Neck Syndrome? Is that even a real thing???
Yup, it's real! Are you developing this condition through poor posture and too much 'screen time'? Look around - this is an all too common sight today. Kids and adults alike, looking down at their cell phone, tablet, computer for hours and hours - day after day. And guess what? It's not just a 'postural' problem! It is a very serious health issue, that if not addressed, can become VERY chronic in nature. As a chiropractor in Laguna Hills, California, I am seeing more and more of this in my office every day!
So how does one know if they have or are developing 'Text Neck Syndrome'? For one, they may begin to experience the symptoms of Text Neck. These include, but not limited to: neck pain, neck and shoulder stiffness, shoulder pain, pain between the shoulder blades, headaches, migraines, fatigue and upper back pain just to name a few. Chiropractors are the only profession that reduces and corrects the stress and strain that this posture produces. Your 10-12 lb head can be putting the pressure on your neck and upper back of a 60 lb head! Your neck and supporting structures aren't designed for a head that heavy and begin to experience the effects of that stress.
So what should you do if you feel this could be happening with you? For starters, cut down on your daily screen time. Take stretching breaks when working long hours on a computer or tablet. When using a hand-held device, hold it up in front of you so you are looking more forward rather than down.
The next step would to be checked and evaluated by a chiropractor, especially if symptoms are already present! The longer this goes uncorrected, the more likely you are to develop chronic pain, spinal decay/arthritis, disc issues and herniations and nerve interferrnece (numbness, tingling, loss of grip strength). I am a chiropractor serving Laguna Hills, Mission Viejo, Aliso Viejo, Laguna Niguel and surrounding areas. Call our office today and scheudle your 'Text Neck' consultaion and evaluation. Because lets face it...the age of these electronics is just getting started!
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Yours in Health,
Sean Rundle, DC - Chiropractor
Premier Chiropractic, Laguna Hills