What Is Text Neck and What Can You Do About It?
It’s hard to overstate the way that smartphones have changed everyday life. Most of those changes are positive ones, like the ability to keep in close contact with your loved ones, make a dinner reservation on the go, or do your banking while you’re sitting in front of the television. However, there are some downsides to smartphone use, including a new but increasingly common phenomenon: text neck.
Text neck has sent many people in search of chiropractic care and massage therapy, even if they don’t know that text neck is the cause of their discomfort. What exactly is text neck, and how can the chiropractors and massage therapists at Eastlake Chiropractic and Massage Center help? Here is what you need to know.
Text Neck 101
Think about your posture while you use your smartphone. Chances are that you hunch your shoulders and lower your neck to look at your phone, rather than lifting the phone up to meet your eyes. This position puts stress on your neck and shoulders, and over time, leads to what experts now call text neck.
With text neck, you are likely to experience chronic, nagging soreness in your neck and shoulders, as well as persistent headaches and upper back pain. Some people experience tightness and reduced mobility in their necks, shoulders, and upper backs, while others develop thoracic hyperkyphosis, which is an excessive curvature of the spine in the upper back.
The more time you spend bowing your head and shoulders to look at your phone, the more likely you are to experience text neck.
Chiropractic and Massage for Text Neck
Giving up your phone is hardly an option, so fortunately, text neck can be treated with chiropractic care and massage therapy, without the need for pain medications. At Eastlake Chiropractic and Massage Center, Dr. Kamell and Dr. Calvin will evaluate your symptoms and determine the best treatment plan for your needs. Typically, spinal decompression, a process in which the spine is gently elongated, alongside other chiropractic techniques, can alleviate text neck pain.
Massage therapy may be used in conjunction with chiropractic care to help you get the best treatment results. Massage encourages healing of the soft tissue that is likely to be damaged when you have text neck, which can help to speed your recovery.
Say Goodbye to Text Neck Today
At Eastlake Chiropractic and Massage Center, we can help you make text neck a thing of the past with chiropractic and massage therapy in Seattle, along with advice from our doctors for avoiding future problems.
Schedule your appointment by calling our office at (206) 324-8600, or request an appointment online on our website.