Neck pain is a common complaint around the globe. It is possible that your neck pain is coming from an ever increasing epidemic called text neck. This is due to the abundant usage of mobile devices in today’s busy world. This is where the term, text neck, comes from. Text neck is referring to neck pain coming from the regular use of a tablet, smartphone, or similar device. Why does this lead to neck pain?
For one thing, the human head can weigh as much as 12 to 14 pounds, which is no problem if you are keeping your head upright. However, if you tip your head forward just a few degrees, the neck becomes stressed. Even if you have your head at a 15-degree angle, 27 pounds of pressure is put on the neck. If the head angle is more severe, you could have 60 pounds of pressure applied on the neck. When you put this into perspective, you realize that when you bend your head forward to look at your phone, your neck takes the brunt of the problem.
However, neck pain is not the only problem that comes from text neck. The lungs can also be compromised. Lung capacity can be reduced by as much as 30 percent. Other health problems can include headaches and back pain. Neck misalignments often are the end result of text neck.
If you have a misaligned C1 or C2 vertebra, you may be experiencing neck pain because of it. Upper cervical chiropractors have been specifically trained to find these small misalignments and then work at correcting them. We use a gentle method to encourage the bones to move back into place on their own. Once corrected, if any soft tissues have been damaged, they can begin to heal. The same holds true for nerves. Neck pain often improves after an adjustment.
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