You may be hearing more and more about neck pain caused by technology. Whether you hear the term text neck, tech neck, or sometimes even Netflix neck, the discussion is about the same thing – how modern lifestyle regarding the use of technology has adverse effects on the neck. If you are dealing with neck pain, could this phenomenon be related? We’re going to discuss 4 surprising facts about neck pain caused by technology.
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Most people ignore neck pain once they decide it is related to technology. They often think, “I’ll just use my phone less this week or take a vacation from the office, and I’ll be fine in a few days.” Unfortunately, once you are feeling pain, you are probably further along in the process of degeneration of the discs between the vertebrae of the cervical spine. The end result can be an early onset of arthritis of the spine or the occurrence of disc problems (herniation, etc.) throughout the back.
Pinched nerves are another problem that can occur when the neck is damage by constantly looking down at the phone or other electronic devices. Once the natural curve of the neck starts to be affected, it can take a lot of care to restore the spine to a normal position and relieve pressure from the nerves.
While the neck pain may be what causes you to realize that your neck has been in a stressed position too often lately, there are probably other symptoms springing up that you may not have connected to the neck. However, because the neck sets the tone for the whole spine, and the nerves all branch off from the spinal cord, there are a host of issues that can arise. Some symptoms of tech-related neck pain include:
As you can see, the symptoms that accompany neck pain can affect a person from head to toe.
The human head weighs 10-14 pounds depending on the person. If we take an average of 12 pounds, this will allow us to determine just how much of an effect it has when a person cranes the neck forward to look at technology.
The good news is that you can make a few lifestyle adjustments to prevent further damage from occurring and there is a natural way to relieve the pain and restore a normal position to the spine. To reduce the effects of technology on the neck:
If you have never heard of upper cervical chiropractic, this is a specialized form of chiropractic that focuses on the top two bones of the neck. Adjustments are precise, gentle, and long-lasting. You only get an adjustment when you are out of alignment, so as adjustments hold you can schedule appointments further apart. This makes it a cost-effective form of care as well.
To learn more, schedule a consult today. You may find that a few simple lifestyle adjustments and occasional visits to an upper cervical practitioner are all you need to eliminate neck pain and other symptoms as well.
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