The Link Between Text Neck and Poor Posture
In recent years, doctors and patients have learned that all those hours sitting hunched over a phone causes a stress injury. With us constantly looking down at our phone and other electronics, we can be a pain in our own neck.
Dr. James J. Hether, DC of DeLand in Volusia County wants to help patients learn about good posture and to get an adjustment to help with neck issues so you can keep enjoying tech without the pain.
What Text Neck Is
Text neck isn’t limited to pain just while texting; it’s any activity involving your smartphone, tablet, portable gaming device, and so on. Common symptoms associated with text neck include:
- Pain in the neck, upper back, and/or shoulders
- Forward head posture and rounded shoulders
- Reduced mobility
- Pain when head flexed forward
Pain epicenters vary from person to person. The human head weighs approximately 10-12lbs. That’s all the pressure it creates when upright. For every one degree forward you drop your head, that’s about another pound of pressure.
For example, if you tilt your head 45º forward, then that’s 50lbs of pressure on your neck and spine, a 60º angle puts 60lbs of pressure, and so on. That much pressure on your neck day after day hurts.
All that time hunched over stretches the muscles in the back of your neck while shrinking/tightening the muscles in front. We can help ease your neck pain, give posture tips on how to keep your neck in great shape, and send you off with stretching and exercise homework that’ll help further protect and strengthen your neck.
Get Neck Pain Relief in DeLand
Dr. James J. Hether is dedicated to providing the highest quality of chiropractic care to Volusia County. It is his goal to educate the community in obtaining and maintaining proper health and a higher quality of life through proper spinal alignment, posture, and exercise.
Have questions or need to schedule an appointment? Give us a call at (386) 734-0702 or go online and fill out a contact form.