Kansas City neck specialists say that more and more of their patients are complaining of neck pain caused by hunching over their phones and tablets. Our Overland Park chiropractors have been providing chronic neck pain treatment to the Kansas City Metro for over 30 years. Unfortunately, the sudden rise in requests for neck pain treatment isn’t a surprise.
Kansas City Chronic Neck Pain Treatment
The Rise of ‘Tech Neck’
In 2013, adults spent an average of 5 hours and 9 minutes with digital media (online and mobile) each day. That’s up from 4 hours the year before.
The recent surge in phone and tablet use and the extra capability our devices have of playing games for longer periods of time has had a negative effect on our bodies – especially our necks. Phones and tablets are often placed in our laps – putting more pressure on the neck than ever before. The complaint is so common, that it’s now called tech neck.
Tech neck, if left untreated, can cause arthritis and degeneration in the joints of the neck.
Neck pain and headaches are a sign that something is wrong. It’s essential that anyone experiencing these symptoms get checked to see if they’re a good candidate for chronic neck pain treatment.
The average adult head weighs 10 pounds. Pushing your head forward puts extra pressure on the neck. It’s equivalent to holding a 10-12 pound weight away from the body and supporting solely with your neck. Muscles held in a strained position for a long period of time will eventually go into spasm. This often results in neck pain or stiff neck. Neck pain can shoot down your shoulders and up the back of the head – causing headaches.
According to recent research, the best treatment for chronic neck pain is chiropractic care along with stretching exercises. That is exactly how we treat patients at Fulk Chiropractic – Kansas City, and frankly, that’s what the best chiropractors do.
The Overland Park chiropractors at Fulk Chiropractic specialize in chronic neck pain treatment, headaches and back pain. Open 7 days a week, they offer effective chiropractic treatments to Olathe, Overland Park, Lenexa, Leawood, Gardner KS and the entire Kansas City area.