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Texting leads to headaches, tingling in the arm and neck pain says Saltash Chiropractic Clinic

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Diagnose Text-Neck at Saltash Chiropractic Clinic

More young adults each day are suffering from headaches, tingling in the arm and neck pain resulting from too much leaning over hand-held devices texting, watching videos and using social media Saltash Chiropractic Clinic says.

“Text-Neck is a forward head posture resulting from excessive strain on the spine from looking in a forward and downward position at any hand held mobile device, mobile phone, video game unit, computer, mp3 player, or e-reader,” says Dr. Jonathan Clarke, Doctor of Chiropractic and Clinic Director of Saltash Chiropractic Clinic. “This forward head posture can cause headaches, neck pain, shoulder and arm pain”.

According to a recent study of 800 teens between the ages of 12 and 17 conducted by the Pew Internet and American Life Project and the University of Michigan’s Department of Communication Studies, teenage girls send or receive an average of 80 text messages a day, and one third of teens who have cell phones text more than 100 messages daily.

Teens use cell phone texts to communicate more than any other form of interaction, even face-to-face talking and instant messaging, according to the study.

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Possible problems associated with “text neck” include:

Problems associated with 'Text Neck'

  • headaches

  • neck pain

  • shoulder pain

  • gastronintestinal issues

  • loss of lung capacity

  • pinched nerve

  • spine degeneration; Saltash Chiropractic Clinic predicts that “text neck” is going to reach epidemic proportions because everyone young and old is using some kind of hand-held device.

Saltash Chiropractic Clinic offers the following tips for avoiding ‘text neck’:

  • Lift phone up and text at eye level rather than leaning over the phone and look down with your eyes and gently tuck your chin in, not forward.

  • Remember your posture – sit upright, keeping your ears over your shoulders and hold the device below your heart.

  • Keep the device 90 degrees perpendicular to your fingers as you press the buttons and use two hands to type.

  • Support your forearms on a pillow during extended texting to reduce the strain on your neck and shoulder muscles.

  • Remember to take a break to stretch and shake out the hands and stop when it hurts.

  • Return only urgent e-mails on the PDA. Respond to other e-mails from your computer.

  • Do some stretches. Warm up hands by stretching the wrist backward for 2-3 seconds, then forward for 2-3 seconds. Spread your fingers as wide apart as you can and hold them for 2-3 seconds. Tuck your chin in and make a double chin, hold for 2-3 seconds. Fold your hands together and turn your palms away as you extend your arms forward.

  • Monitor the time you (or your child) spend on the phone or PDA and be conscious of the risks involved with excessive use of PDAs or cell phones.

Obviously if you are already experiencing some if not all of the symptoms above it would be beneficial to see a Chiropractor and see how appropriate treatment could help improve and maintain your health before problems become more pronounced.

What Can a Doctor of Chiropractic Do?

Dr. Jonathan Clarke, D.C. says your doctor of chiropractic may do one or more of the following if you suffer from the symptoms associated with 'text neck':

  • Perform spinal manipulation or chiropractic adjustments to improve spinal function and alleviate the stress on your system.

  • Provide nutritional advice, recommending a change in diet and perhaps the addition of B complex vitamins.

  • Offer advice on posture, ergonomics (work postures), exercises and relaxation techniques. This advice should help to relieve the recurring joint irritation and tension in the muscles of the neck and upper back.

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