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Is Your Neck Pain Being Caused by Text Neck? 

 July 11, 2016

By  Dr. Todd Osborne

Neck Pain, Neck Ache, Neck Injury, Neck Trauma, Neck Alignment, text neck, texting Neck pain is a common ailment, and there are more elements of normal everyday life than ever before that can lead to this type of pain. Take mobile device use as an example. The term text neck has emerged to explain neck pain that results from frequent use of a smartphone. How does such activity affect the neck?

How Mobile Device Use Results in Neck Pain

The average human head weighs about 10 to 12 pounds. However, the further a person leans his head forward, the great the strain on the neck. At just a 15-degree angle, a 12-pound head creates 27 pounds of pressure on the neck. At a 60-degree angle, this strain increases to 60 pounds. It’s no wonder that constantly craning the neck to look down at a smartphone is a cause neck problems. Whether someone is texting, using social media, or binge watching a show, the results are the same—neck pain.

Neck pain isn’t the only problem caused by consistently leaning the head forward like this. Such posture can also affect lung function, reducing it by as much as 30%. Poor posture can also lead to headaches and other health problems. A common concern is misalignments of the neck caused by these overextensions.

Taking Care of the Spine to Relieve Neck Pain

If you are suffering from neck pain, the underlying cause may be an upper cervical misalignment. This is commonly caused by things such as mobile device use, improper posture, or trauma (such as a car accident or sports injury). When the top two bones in the spine are misaligned, it can affect the nerves and soft tissue, resulting in pain or even inflammation.

Correcting the misalignment is often the first step in long-term relief from neck pain. At Scenic City Clinic of Chiropractic, we use the Atlas Orthogonal method of upper cervical care to locate and correct these specific misalignments. Schedule a consultation to learn more.

To find an upper cervical specialist in your area go to http://www.NUCCA.org or if you are in the Chattanooga, Tennessee area CALL 423-402-4602 to schedule a consultation

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Dr. Todd Osborne


Dr. Todd Osborne has completed extensive post-graduate education in Activator Methods, and has hundreds of hours in continuing education in Upper Cervical Chiropractic, Neurology, and is a Board Certified Atlas Orthogonist, certified by the Atlas Orthogonal Board and Sherman College of Chiropractic.

Dr. Todd Osborne

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