Got Text Neck

April 19, 2016

 

My neck is hurting right now and I know why. I never had this issue until 4-years ago. It only happens when my head is bent for a short period of time while glaring at what could be said as a miniature television, AKA, my cell phone. The issue?  Text Neck. Yes, It’s the holy grail of my achy neck problems.

 

Unfortunately, this is an all too common epidemic when we resort to texting others rather than actually calling people. According to the chiropractor that coined this phrase, Dr. Dean Fishman, text neck can be detrimental to your body’s health.

According to a randomized trial of therapeutic massage for chronic neck pain from the Clinical Journal of Pain, “Neck pain is a common health problem in the US.  People suffering from neck pain often turn to complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) therapies. Therapeutic massage is one of the most popular alternative medicines for neck pain.  A study was done to prove the effectiveness of massage therapy on clients suffering from chronic neck pain. 64 adults were tested; one group received 10 massages over the course of 10 weeks. The massages ranged from swedish to clinical massage techniques. The other group wgiven a self-care book. 

 

The results?  The group that received the massages was found to have decreased neck pain and symptoms and significant improvement in function compared to those that were only given the self-care book. The results were most profound at the 4 week mark, but not at the 26 week mark. The researchers concluded that therapeutic massage is safe and may have benefits for treating chronic neck pain. This also proves that implementing massage therapy at regular intervals as part of your weekly or monthly routine provides significant pain relief and management for not only your neck, but also your body as a whole. 

 

If you suffer from TEXT NECK, here are some things to consider:

  • Learn to hold your arms out and look straight ahead. This may seem awkward at first, but try it.

  • Take frequent breaks every 15 minutes and hold your head back to help alleviate symptoms.

  • Pick up the phone and call people instead of dropping your head. Dropping your head is causing the first few vertebrae of your spine to bend, which is something it should not be doing.

  • Take the text neck test. Back up to a wall and with your back flush against the wall. If you notice a hump in the upper back/spine area (right at bottom of neck), then you may have text neck.

  • If you ignore your health, it will go away. Don't wait, if you discover that your spine may be contouring, schedule an appointment with a chiropractor or orthopedic specialist.

  • Implement therapeutic massage services as part of your treatment program. Book Now: www.morningdewmassage.com

 

Most importantly, be safe when it comes to your cell phone.  Text neck is treatable through massage therapy, simple change in habits and if needed, chiropractic adjustments.

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