How many hours do you spend on your cell phone each day? Maybe you’ve lost count but it could be causing your neck, spine, or back to be in pain. Hey, we’re not judging, but if you’re on your phone a lot, maybe it’s time to visit your chiropractor. Text neck is very real although we may not notice the toll it’s taking on our bodies and spines every day. Just like spending time on your computer, phones are affecting your neck position. Chances are, you’re reading this article from your phone, engaging in a harmful text neck position, but there are ways to help with text neck.
Forward Head Posture
I know what you’re thinking, what the heck is text neck? Text Neck is a pretty new term, however, it can also be known as Forward Head Posture, or FHP, which is a pretty well-known condition. Forward Head Posture is when you position your head forward from the center of your shoulders causing pressure to your spine and it can have serious consequences over time. Text neck might sound completely preventable but many of us are constantly on our phones for work and it’s a huge part of our social life. Sometimes we forget how much time we spend staring at our phone in the forward head position.
Ways to prevent text neck
- Hold your phone higher up
We hold our phone low, causing us to bend our neck. It’s time to stop looking down. If you find it hard to hold your phone higher, try changing your positions more.
- Stretch – Exercises
Stretching is always good for our bodies. Just 10 minutes of yoga a day, can go a long way.
- Take a break
Even taking a couple of minutes away from your phone will help. You can get apps that tell you when you need to take a break from your phone.
If you are on your phone a lot, there is an app available for androids that has exercises for the neck only.
- Visit your chiropractor
Let your chiropractor know about any pain you’re experiencing and they can help you feel more comfortable.
A great exercise to help with text neck
Exaggerated nod – You can do this at your desk!
- Sit or stand with your shoulders relaxed
- Look up to the ceiling with your mouth closed, moving your head as far back as you can
- Now open your mouth and move your head further back, if you can.
- Close your mouth again and feel the stretch!
Visit your chiropractor to get more stretches that are safe and catered to making your neck feel better.
Remember your Chiropractor can help
Seeking help from a chiropractor for neck pain can improve so many aspects of your life. Text neck can be very damaging over time but there could be other things going on that is causing your neck pain. The only way to determine what’s exactly is causing your neck pain, you will need to visit your chiropractor. Choose Taylor Wellness and Chiropractic Clinics as your new chiropractic destination. Dr. Scott Taylor is very knowledgable about text neck and can help you with your neck pain. If you would like to book an appointment or learn more, click here!