The Text Neck: A Global Epidemic

A hot new buzzword in the health and wellness industry: the text neck. What exactly is the “text neck?” It simply is a term used to describe neck pain derived from looking down at your mobile phone for a long period of time for multiple times of the day. With many of us spending hours hunched over looking at our cell phones it is no doubt that millions of people are suffering from neck and upper back pain.

Do You Have Text Neck?

If you are experiencing any of the below symptoms you could have text neck and need to see your local chiropractor right away to relieve the pain.

  • I have a nagging sharp pain in my upper back

  • I have muscle spasms in my upper back

  • My shoulders are tight and sometimes I have muscle spasms in my shoulders

  • I have numbness and tingling sensations in my upper back

How Common is Text Neck?  

It is very common! Text neck is a global epidemic and a worldwide health concern affecting millions of people. 75% of the world’s population spends hours hunched over with their heads flexed forward. This unnatural posture causes stress in the ligaments, tendons, and cervical spine resulting in neck, back, shoulder, and arm pain.

What Are My Treatment Options?

Fortunately there are many different treatment options for you! First and foremost, preventive care is the most important. This means being aware of your posture while you are texting and knowing the length of time you have been sitting in your position for. Make it a habit to get up every 30 minutes to an hour and walk around to give your full spine a good stretch. Integrate these new habits with your personal care plan for yourself with one of the following:

  • Chiropractic care

  • Physical Therapy

  • Massage Therapy

  • Exercise and Stretching

Of course, a combination of these will be the ultimate formula for your desired success for improving your health and wellness. Interested in learning more about text neck or need a treatment plan from a health care professional? Dr. Davis at City Limits Chiropractic in Austin, Texas has the experience and knowledge to help you recover and pave your way back to living a healthy, pain-free lifestyle. Schedule your first chiropractic appointment now by giving us a call at 512 - 973 - 3900.


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