Tech neck syndrome is a common condition that can affect anyone who looks at a smartphone or monitor for an extended period. Excessive neck strain leads to muscles in the neck tightening, pulling the neck out of alignment over time. This leads to neck pain and a reduced range of motion. At Oxford Rehabilitation Center in Philadelphia, PA, our chiropractor has years of experience identifying and addressing tech neck syndrome. Here's a look at the issue and how chiropractic techniques can help.
People Spend Too Much Time Looking at Devices
Tech neck syndrome gets its name from the fact we tend to look down at the smartphones in our hands and fix our heads in one position to look at monitors. It's tough to break the habit of looking down at the phone because you want to keep your screen somewhat shielded from onlookers. Holding the phone directly in front of your face isn't ideal, either.
Since most modern offices require employees to spend long hours looking at computer monitors, office workers often hold their necks in fixed positions for far too long and at unhealthy angles. Muscles tighten, become sore, and grow acclimated to misalignment. You may experience pain when you put your head back into its natural position.
Symptoms of Text Neck Syndrome
Neck pain is the primary symptom, but you may also experience pain in the upper back and shoulders. You may have decreased mobility in your neck and shoulders, and you may have difficulty moving your upper body as a result of pain. Headaches can occur due to muscle spasms in the neck. Stiffness in the neck and shoulders is another common complaint associated with the syndrome.
How a Chiropractor can Help
Tech neck syndrome leads to the cervical spine being stretched far out of alignment. This causes instability in the neck and allows the vertebrae to move out of alignment. In some cases, a disc can tear or slip and cause even more pain.
Our chiropractor seeks to resolve the problem by adjusting the cervical spine back into its original alignment and allow the soft tissues to pull evenly once again. Restoring the neck to its original position and movement relieves the pain and allows for healing.
Chiropractor in Philadelphia, PA
When you visit Oxford Rehabilitation Center for tech neck treatment, our chiropractor will evaluate your musculoskeletal system to determine the root causes of your neck pain. Chiropractic adjustments performed will vary depending on the location and severity of your imbalances. For more information on tech neck syndrome or to schedule an appointment, call us at (215) 725-2000.