Why We Worry About Texting

Published May 12th, 2020 by Dr. Hoder

As your local chiropractor, the doctors at Markson Chiropractic have the primary goal of helping you stay healthy. When you think of your health, you may not think of texting, but it’s something chiropractors are concerned about. We are seeing more and more patients who complain of neck pain and other issues caused by hours spent looking down at a cell phone or mobile device. From muscle strains to pain, texting can be a real problem. Here’s what you need to know.

Text Neck

Text neck or tech neck is often used to describe the bent posture that is used while looking down at your cell phone. This might seem like it’s no big deal, but when done in excess, it can cause serious side effects. Did you know that the text neck position can add an extra sixty pounds of pressure to your spine?! This is why you may experience pain and other problems after using your phone for an extended period of time.

Take a Break

The easiest way to avoid pain from text neck is to take frequent breaks. Instead of texting away all day, pick up your phone and give your friends or family members a call. You can also switch to your computer and type. If you are using your phone frequently, be sure to look up regularly.

Change Positions

Bad habits sometimes seem to happen overnight, so we understand that it is easy to develop the habit of holding your phone in a particular position. However, when you are bent down looking at your phone, it can lead to muscle sprains and strains. Try to shift positions regularly and hold your phone up higher. The main goal is to avoid bending your neck and straining muscles.

Exercise and Stretches

Exercise is an essential component of living a healthy lifestyle, and it can also help with text neck. Incorporate stretches and exercises in your routine – we’ll be happy to suggest some during your next adjustment!

See Your Chiropractor

Here at Markson Chiropractic, we can help treat the negative impacts of text neck and even help you prevent it. Our gentle and effective chiropractic adjustments will help your spine stay in proper alignment, so you can enjoy a healthy body without pain. Scheduling an appointment is easier than ever – just click here!

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