Dr. Gregory Johnson, a leading chiropractor in Houston, offers Houston residents chiropractic treatment for “Tech Neck,” a term that Dr. Johnson coined to describe a modern-day spine ailment that results from extended hours of mobile device usage which strains the neck and spine. Founder of the Advanced Chiropractic Relief in Houston, Texas, Dr. Johnson highlights the impact on the neck and spine of poor posture over long periods of time that most users find themselves in when using digital devices such as mobile phones, tablets, laptops, desktop computers or portable gaming device.
“It is said that most people spend an average of 3 hours hunched over a mobile device texting, checking emails, web searches, reading, playing games or watching videos,” said Dr. Johnson, who has over three decades of experience in chiropractic care.
Studies have revealed that American mobile phone users look down at phones an average of 2.7 hours a day, which can cause neck strain over long periods of time. An adult human head weighs about 10 and 12 pounds when looking straight ahead, but that same weight multiples to about 50 to 60 pounds of weight on the neck when hunched over due to the effect of gravity.
“Frequent flexion of the neck over long periods of time can impact the cervical spine and lead to painful and multiple neck and back conditions, if not addressed properly,” explained Dr. Johnson, who is seeing a growing number of patients suffering from conditions attributed to “Tech Neck,” such as back pain, neck pain, misaligned spine and more.
Neck strains can cause long-term damages to the spine over time, as well as the surrounding nerves, bones, ligaments, tendons and muscles, as well as cause postural changes. Pain associated with “Tech Neck” includes headaches, hand and wrist numbness or tingling, spasms in the shoulder. “Tech Neck” may also lead to arthritis or cause decreased lung capacity.
Tech Neck Prevention and Chiropractic Treatment
Hand-held digital device usage has increased significantly over the years and will continue to do so into the future. “Fortunately, “Tech Neck” is curable and can be treated with preventive measures and with non-medical, non-surgical chiropractic care,” explained Dr. Johnson. If left untreated, “Tech Neck” can lead to inflammation of the neck’s surrounding tissues, muscles, ligaments and nerves, as well as permanent damage to the spine. Dr. Johnson enumerates preventive measures that can be adapted by mobile device and digital gadget users to avoid developing “Tech Neck”.
Adopt a proper posture when using or use digital devices at eye level- Sit straight and at eye level when using mobile phones or computers and keep from slouching or hunching over.
Use a standing workstation- Working on your feet is easier on your spine or back compared to sitting and hunched over the desk for eight hours or more.
Take a break from mobile and other digital device use- Take periodical breaks from using mobile phones, gadgets and computers throughout the day.
Do low impact exercises-Choose exercises that put focus on correct posture, such as Pilates and yoga.
Get regular chiropractic care- Chiropractic care for neck and spine is holistic and positively impacts you overall health and well-being. Chiropractic care has been proven to effectively treat painful conditions affecting the neck, spine or back, as well as restore optimal health and natural state of the body.
“The leading preventive measure to eliminate or avoid developing “Tech Neck” for teens, adults and seniors, is by adjusting our lifestyle and the way we use our phones and gadgets,” explained Dr. Johnson, who graduated from the Palmer College of Chiropractic, the founding college of chiropractic in America. Dr. Johnson is the go-to chiropractor for herniated disc, sciatica and more.
Are you suffering from the painful symptoms of “Tech Neck” in Houston?
In most cases, this condition can be reversed or the pain alleviated by a chiropractor. Click here to Schedule an Appointment for chiropractic consultation with Dr. Gregory Johnson, your Houston Chiropractor, for non-surgical, non-medical pain relief and prevent long-term effects of extended use of electronic devices.