Tech Neck Syndrome
One of the most common reasons why people make appointments for chiropractic care is to treat tech neck syndrome. Tech neck syndrome can cause issues like tension neck pain, migraine headaches, temporomandibular joint pain, or a rotator cuff problem. Tech neck is a constellation of conditions caused by the way we hold our phones and the way we sit at our computers. It is a condition that you can work on from home, but if the pain is severe or chronic, you should visit our team for quality chiropractic treatment. Here are three things that we at Houma-Thibodaux Spine & Rehabilitation want you to know about tech neck.
Tech Neck Is Caused by the Way You Use Your Electronics
The survey group eMarketer found that the average American spends 3 hours and 17 minutes a day on their phone. That American spends another 1 hour and 36 minutes a day on a laptop viewing digital media. That is nearly six hours a day people hold their necks in awkward positions without realizing it. It is no wonder that tens of millions of people in our country suffer neck muscle spasms, creaky shoulder joints, jaw pain, and headaches.
You Can Avoid Tech Neck Symptoms with Better Posture
There is a very easy way to avoid neck strain from all those hours spent staring at a phone, tablet, or laptop. Support your neck by leaning back in a tall chair that reaches up to your neck. When you support the back of your neck with a recliner, you take the weight of the top half of your body off of your spine and onto your chair. Your neck muscles will feel a lot less tense as well.
Until you take this simple step to support the weight of your upper body with a chair and not with your neck muscles, you are putting a huge strain on your neck. Holding your head at a 15-degree angle to see your phone is like placing a 27-pound weight on your neck. Holding your head at a 45-degree angle to see a computer screen is like placing a 45-pound weight on your neck. It is important to realize that our bodies can handle a certain level of stress and strain, but tech neck can lead to serious issues if left untreated.
Our Chiropractors Are Your Best Source of Help with Tech Neck
If you have had tech neck syndrome for so long that the discs in your cervical spine are out of alignment, then you need to see our chiropractors for adjustments that restore the natural alignment of your spine. But even if the damage of tech neck syndrome has not progressed that far, your chiropractor can help you find noninvasive and drug-free pain relief.
Chiropractic care focuses on helping the patient with their spinal alignment. We will assess your spine and properly locate the misalignments. Gentle adjustments will correct posture, ensure proper alignments of the head, neck, and spine, as well as relieve muscle stiffness and tension. Regular chiropractic care will not only decrease pain but will also improve your range of motion to get you back to moving comfortably again.
Contact Houma-Thibodaux Spine & Rehabilitation for All of Your Chiropractic Needs
If you are interested in finding out how our team can help you, request your appointment online. You can also call us at (985) 873-8586 for our Houma location or at (985) 447-2225 for our Thibodaux location. Our team at Houma-Thibodaux Spine & Rehabilitation is committed to providing our patients with the best quality of care they need. Contact us today to see how we can help you live a better tomorrow.