How Chiropractic Neck Pain Treatment Can Help with Tech Neck
There’s a painful phenomenon that the doctors at Total Care Injury & Pain Centers are seeing more frequently.
It’s often referred to as “text neck,” but more chiropractors are referring to it as “tech neck” because it doesn’t just affect chronic texters.
Who is at risk for developing tech neck, and does chiropractic neck pain treatment really provide relief?
Tech Neck – Is Everyone at Risk?
In a word, yes, simply because nearly everyone uses at least one type of electronic device regularly.
Devices that can contribute to neck pain with regular use include:
Tech neck can even develop in people who use a desktop computer at work due to a poor ergonomic set-up.
Why Do Electronic Devices Cause Pain?
The reason you experience muscle tension, pain, and headaches are because of poor posture while using a device. Holding the device and staring down at it for long periods of time puts your body in an awkward position.
Since your head weighs 10-11 pounds, you have all of that weight pulling down on your neck and shoulder muscles. Plus, with your arms chronically bent/contracted, your arm muscles can actually shorten, leading to muscle knots and pain in your elbow and forearm.
How Can Chiropractic Neck Pain Treatment Help?
Chronic poor posture is a repetitive stress injury that can lead to spinal misalignment, causing pain not just in the neck, but along the entire length of the spine.
Chiropractic neck pain treatment can realign your spine, which will:
- Reduce muscle tension
- Increase the flow of blood and cerebrospinal fluid
- Treat pinched nerves
The Importance of Taking Regular Tech Breaks and Moving Your Body
The chiropractors at Total Care Injury & Pain Centers want you to know that you can prevent tech neck pain.
One way to do that is to avoid spending hours on your devices. Commit to a few tech-free periods during the day to give your body a break.
Another way to avoid pain is with regular exercise, particularly neck stretches. Your local chiropractor is happy to demonstrate the best stretches for tech neck at your next appointment.
Think you have a case of tech neck? We can help! Contact our team today to schedule an appointment at a location that’s convenient for you.
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