Neck pain is a common complaint it today’s world. There is now evidence to suggest that some of it may be brought about by the use of handheld and similar mobile devices. Think about the number of people you see looking at their cell phones with their eyes and heads tilted down. While these technological advances are great for keeping one up-to-date with world events or a friend’s schedule, they can pose a risk to one’s health if care is not used.
One of the newest terms used to describe this health risk is text neck, referring to the changes that take place in the natural curve of the upper neck due to the strain of looking down for extended periods of time. This is particularly true of the younger generation who have grown up using these devices, and the condition is causing some serious concerns.
Why Is Neck Pain So Serious?
The weight of the average head ranges anywhere from 10 to 14 pounds. When one looks down, stress is added to the complicated structures of the neck, in some cases as much as 60 pounds of pressure. Along with neck pain, it causes problems with the nerves and blood vessels of the neck. Because of the vital role of the neck in balance and strength when it comes to the overall health of the body, adding to the strain on soft tissue is a growing concern.
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Neck Pain and Spinal Alignment
Upper cervical chiropractors understand the vital relationship the neck and head have to the entire spine and a person’s wellbeing. At our McKinney, Texas practice, we have had years of experience and training in this very area. We examine the neck of a patient using precision measurements to find the exact location of the problem. We then employ a gentle method to encourage the bones of the neck to move back into proper place. It is important to have the neck checked regularly if one has a habit of looking at a cell phone repeatedly to ensure that the neck is as healthy as possible.
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