Text Neck | Highland Park, Il

Text Neck

Did you know that excessive screen time can mess up your posture? When you’re on your devices, you may tend to slouch down and your head leans forward. This leads to what we know as “text neck syndrome,” and it affects over 58 percent of adults who use devices such as laptops, smartphones, tablets, and computers.

It’s a pretty safe bet to say you spend some time in front of a screen, whether it be your smartphone, laptop, tablet, or even the TV. The average time we spend per day on smartphones alone is 2 hours 51 minutes.[1] If you’re on your iPhone now, go ahead and look in your settings to check out your own daily average screen time; it’ll probably shock you.

Take your screen time from your smartphone and add to the time you spend on other devices. If you’re like many people currently working from home on a computer or tablet, you’ll find that you’re spending most of your day in front of a screen. And eventually, this can lead to text neck.

How Do You Know If You Have This Problem?

If you find yourself spending hours a day on these devices, you may notice yourself having some of these text neck symptoms:

  • Headaches
  • Stressed shoulders
  • Neck pain
  • Migraines
  • Numbness and tingling in your arms
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Lower back pain

Text neck pain is real and shouldn’t be brushed off as “just an annoyance”.  These symptoms are your body’s way of crying out for help. To find out for sure, you’ll need to be assessed by someone who specializes in the spine, such as a corrective chiropractor. You can also get a free digital text neck checkup to get you started if you sign up for our 5-day Text Neck Challenge.

What is Text Neck?

From a side view, your spine should have a 40-degree neck curve. But text neck happens when your head leans forward and your torso goes back, causing an improper alignment of your spine, and lessening this curve over time.

The misalignment that’s causing your symptoms can be caused by overuse or improper use of technology, including smartphones (hence, text neck).

If you’ve ever heard of anterior head carriage, anterior head syndrome, or turtle neck posture, they’re all the same thing.

How to Fix Text Neck

You can’t fix your spine on your own, but there are things you can do to get you started.

Since text neck symptoms stem from the way you use your devices, the first thing you can do is to correct the way you’re using them. If you have poor posture at work, you need to know how to set up your desk the right way to change your posture. There’s also a proper way to use laptops, tablets, and smartphones to prevent your head from leaning forward, messing up your posture. Dr. Gregg Gerstin, here at Align Wellness Center, has made some YouTube videos with clear instructions on how to use your devices. If you join the 5-day Text Neck Challenge, you’ll be given daily emails with videos and resources to help you get started.

You can change the way you use technology and that’s a start. Unfortunately, you can’t correct text neck on your own, even with corrective exercises for text neck or anterior head carriage.

In order to fix text neck, you’ll have to find out exactly where the problem is stemming from, and that’s done by a posture analysis. A corrective chiropractor who specializes in Chiropractic BioPhysics (like Dr. Gregg) can assess you to find out where you have misalignments and work to not only give you relief from your symptoms but also fix the problem so they don’t return.

Chiropractic BioPhysics

Chiropractors that specialize in Chiropractic BioPhysics do more than offer adjustments for pain relief. They use biology, physiology, physics, geometry, and anatomy to diagnose and treat you based on science.

When you come in you’ll get a thorough assessment, including x-rays to see what’s going on inside. When the source of your problem is determined, you’ll get a personalized program for you with regular adjustments, exercises tailored to your needs, and spinal remodeling using traction devices to correct the curve you began to lose due to text neck. You may even be given exercises and treatments to do at home between appointments.

Chiropractic BioPhysics has been scientifically proven to work, even on text neck.

Join the 5-Day Challenge

If you’re using smartphones, tablets, laptops, and other devices (and who isn’t these days?), the best thing you can do for your health right now without even coming into the office, is to sign up for the 5-Day Text Neck Challenge. You’re on your device right now anyway, so why not? You will be given resources so you can learn how to properly do what you’re already doing, only to do it in a way that won’t be detrimental to your health.

Once you join the challenge, it kicks off on day one with a FREE digital text neck checkup, including instructions on how to get your assessment. Your assessment will be a digitized posture analysis and you’ll get a 15-minute Zoom call with Dr. Gerstin to go over your results.

Even if you don’t feel ready for the personalized digital assessment (did we mention it’s FREE?), you can still get a lot of useful information on preventing text neck.

You’re on your devices anyway. Whether it’s for work or you’re scrolling through your social media feed, you owe it to your body to learn how to do it the right way.

Take the first step to optimal health. Work better, play better, and live how you are designed to live. Join the 5-Day Text Neck Challenge now by clicking here.

If you are in Northbrook or any surrounding areas and would rather stop in to see us, book an appointment here or give us a call. We’re located at 900 Skokie Blvd, Suite 113, Northbrook, IL 60062.

[1] https://www.slicktext.com/blog/2019/10/smartphone-addiction-statistics/

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