Chiropractic Care for Tech Neck

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Not a day goes by that we don’t use technology of some sort.  From cell phones to laptops to tablets and everything in between, technology is all around us.  Technology is a great tool that we can utilize for many aspects of our life, but it can also lead to health concerns.  Technology is used so frequently in today’s world that it has led to neck, back, and shoulder problems because of the constant bending over or straining to look at our technological devices.  It is so common that it even has a name: tech neck.  Tech neck is poor posture from being hunched over and staring at a screen. It often leads to pain or other health concerns from the misalignments of the spine that result from it.  Text neck is another similar condition that comes specifically from looking down at mobile devices.  If you spend a lot of time on the computer, phone, or tablet and are suffering the consequences, a Bentonville chiropractor can help correct improper posture to alleviate pain.

Symptoms of Tech Neck

Staring a screen all day causes forward head posture that often leads to annoying aches and pains.  The neck is meant to support the head, but for every inch our head is forward, it adds 10 pounds of pressure to the neck in an effort to support the head.  This leads to the signs and symptoms of tech neck or text neck, such as shoulder pain, pain or tenderness in the neck, muscles stiffness, headaches, or tingling in the neck and shoulders.  It is extremely important that the spine, neck, and head are in alignments so that the entire body is properly supported.  Visits to Bentonville chiropractor Dr. Tom Niemela can correct poor posture to alleviate the painful symptoms of tech neck.

What Can Chiropractic Do For Me?

Chiropractic care focuses on the musculoskeletal system, specifically spinal alignment.  Because tech neck stems from poor spinal health, chiropractic care is a great option to alleviate the frustrating symptoms that can occur.  Dr. Tom Niemela of Arbor Vitae Chiropractic will perform an assessment to locate spinal misalignments.  Gentle adjustments will correct posture, ensure proper alignments of the head, neck, and spine, as well as relieve muscle stiffness and tension.  Regular chiropractic care will not only decrease pain and discomfort, but it will also improve range of motion so that you can be comfortable once again.

How Can I Prevent Tech Neck?

Even if you have been to the chiropractor and your tech neck pain has eased up, you may still have to work at a computer or use your phone throughout the day.  So how can you keep tech neck or text neck from returning?  Regular chiropractic care from Bentonville chiropractor Dr. Tom Niemela can keep your posture in check to eliminate strain from tech neck.  Not only that, but chiropractic care also has incredible health benefits that will improve your overall health and improve the overall function of the body.  Don’t hesitate to contact Dr. Niemela of Arbor Vitae Chiropractic if you suffer from tech neck to experience relief through chiropractic care.

 

Sources

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