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Tech Neck: Causes, Symptoms, & Chiropractic Treatments

June 10, 2024

Tech neck is a modern-day ailment that’s affecting more and more people. It’s a pain in the neck, quite literally!

In today’s digital age, we spend more time than ever before staring at screens. Whether it’s a computer, tablet, or smartphone, our devices have become an integral part of our daily lives. However, this increased screen time has led to a new phenomenon known as “tech neck” or “text neck.” In this blog, we’ll explore what tech neck is, its symptoms, and how chiropractic treatments can help alleviate the pain.  

What is Tech Neck? 

“Tech neck is a term used to describe the pain and discomfort that results from looking down at a screen for extended periods,” explains Dr. Christopher Howson, DC, a chiropractor with Altru. “This posture can cause strain on the neck and upper back muscles, leading to pain, stiffness, and even headaches.”

Symptoms of Tech Neck

The symptoms and severity of tech neck can vary; however, they are often directly correlated to the more time you spend in front of a screen. Some common symptoms include:

  • Neck pain
  • Shoulder pain
  • Upper back pain
  • Tingling in the arms and hands
  • Headaches
  • Loss of the spine’s natural curve 

Chiropractic Treatments to Fix Tech Neck

A man grabbing his neck in front of a computer.

Chiropractic treatments can help alleviate the pain and discomfort associated with tech neck. A chiropractor will first assess your condition and determine the underlying cause of your pain. They will then develop a personalized treatment plan that may include spinal adjustments and exercises to help strengthen the neck and upper back muscles.

“Spinal adjustments are a common chiropractic treatment for tech neck. This technique involves applying gentle pressure to the spine to realign the vertebrae and relieve strain on the muscles and connective tissues,” shares Dr. Howson. “We can also teach you certain exercises, such as neck stretches and shoulder rolls, that can help strengthen the neck and upper back muscles, improving posture and reducing the risk of future pain and discomfort.”

The Next Step 

Tech neck is a common condition that affects many people who spend long hours in front of screens; however, with the right treatment plan, you can alleviate the pain and discomfort associated with this condition.

If you’re experiencing symptoms of tech neck, schedule an appointment with Dr. Howson or Dr. McIntyre online or by calling 701.732.7620.