Text Neck— How Technological Advances May Be Affecting Your Health

Neck Pain, Neck Ache, Headache, Headaches, Migraine, Migraines, Neck Injury, Neck Trauma, text neck, texting What is text neck? It all starts with technology. The latest developments help ones keep up-to-date with news, weather, and friends on social media. People are able to keep in touch, manage their lives, and become more productive than ever before. However, this advancement can also come with a price to a person’s health. This is due to craning the neck forward to look down at a smartphone or another kind of electronic device. This is referred to by some in the field of healthcare as text neck.

Text neck is not officially used as a diagnosis for health problems. However, an increase in the kinds of issues it can create has been observed. Continuously looking down at a portable device can change the way that the spine is designed. It specifically affects the natural curvature of the neck. Repeatedly looking down causes the curve of the neck to reverse, leading to deformity of the ligaments and the muscles that hold the head up. Nerves in this area are abundant, and they can become stressed. This is called occipital neuralgia and results in such things as headaches and migraines.

Because of the weight of the head, when a person has his neck bent forward, it adds as much as 60 pounds of pressure to the neck region. In turn, the entire spine is affected, and a person’s health suffers.

Relief of Text Neck

The approach of medical doctors is to put multiple injections in the nerves around the base of the neck and skull blocking pain signals. Before going to such extremes, there is another method that has been proven to be successful. This is through upper cervical chiropractic care.

The reason that nerves become irritated and create problems is often due to a misalignment of the C1 (atlas) and C2 (axis) bones. These are the top two bones of the upper neck vertebrae. By examining the neck and then using a specific technique to realign the bones, patients often feel much better.

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Dr. Jeff Leach of Living Well Chiropractic, in Plymouth, Minnesota is a Plymouth Chiropractor and Upper Cervical Specialist trained by the National Upper Cervical Chiropractic Association (NUCCA). His upper cervical clinic also serves Minnetonka, Maple Grove, Wayzata, and St. Louis Park. He is uniquely trained to correct problems in the upper cervical spine (upper neck). This vital area is intimately connected to the central nervous system and problems in this area have been shown to be an underlying cause of a variety of different health problems, including migraines and other headaches, sciatica, neck and back pain, and torticollis. More information can be found on our website at http://www.livingwellmn.com/