Tulsa Chiropractor Gives Tips For Avoiding 'Text Neck'

Tuesday, August 18th 2015, 2:41 pm
By: News On 6

With Green Country residents spending more and more time on mobile devices, the Oklahoma Chiropractors' Association is spreading the word about "text neck."  

Text neck is a health condition caused by excessive texting and overuse of handheld devices like cell phones.

"It creates a condition called forward head posture, and that causes pressure on nerves and creates a number of symptoms," Dr. Scott Farley said. It can affect everyone, from small children to adults.

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Looking down at your phone repeatedly can cause pain in the neck, back, shoulders, arms and hands. It can also cause headaches, numbness and premature arthritis, according to the Oklahoma Chiropractors' Association. 

Watch the video above to get tips on exercises that help counter the affects of text neck. Farley also recommends changing the way you hold your phone or other mobile devices. Raise it up to keep your head close to level.