Your neck joins your head to your shoulders and chest, and it can move your head in any direction. Although your neck only contains seven small vertebrae, it can support the full weight of your head, which is about 12 pounds. However, because of the neck’s flexibility and the weight of the head, it is very susceptible to pain and injury. If you are suffering from neck pain, seek the help of our chiropractors at Beyond Medical for pain relief.
What Is Text Neck?
In the modern world, one common cause of neck pain or injury is text neck. The term “text neck” is used to describe neck injury or pain caused by excessive use of cellphones and other handheld devices over a long period. Since tilting the head forward even 15 degrees places about 27 pounds of pressure on the neck, flexing the head over a cellphone for an extended time puts a lot of strain on the spine.
Because of the biomechanics of the cervical spine, the neck is susceptible to injury. In general, neck pain is not an emergency. But, in rare cases, neck pain can be a symptom of something more serious.
Although the most common symptom of text neck is neck pain, it can also cause:
- Shoulder Pain
- Upper Back Pain
- Thoracic Kyphosis
- Loss of Lung Capacity
- Spinal Degeneration
- Early Onset Arthritis
- Disc Compression
- Muscle Weakness
How Our Altamonte Chiropractors Can Help with Pain Relief
Chiropractic care for neck pain is one of the safest drug-free, non-invasive therapies available to patients. And, unlike many pain therapies, some patients feel immediate relief following chiropractic treatment.
If you are experiencing neck pain, then your chiropractor will probably perform a precise neck adjustment, also known as a cervical manipulation, by hand or with an instrument. A neck adjustment improves joint mobility in the cervical spine, restores range of motion, increases the movement of the adjoining muscles, reduces muscle spasm, and relieves pressure and tension. After the adjustment, you may notice a reduction in pain, soreness, and stiffness.
Additionally, your program of care may include other types of treatment for neck pain, such as laser therapy and rehabilitative exercises.
Reduce Your Pain with Safe Chiropractic Care
If you would like more information about text neck, or to schedule an appointment with one of our Altamonte chiropractors at Beyond Medical, call (407) 261-1001.