Are You Suffering From Text Neck?

With the inevitable use of handheld devices in the Bay Area community, we now see more and more patients suffering from repetitive stress injuries and pain related syndromes due to the rampant use of this form of communication. It has been known in the scientific literature for years, that forward head posture correlates to various health conditions, chronic pain, headaches, sleep apnea and even TMJ disorders.

Did You Know…..The Measurement of Your Neck Curve and Forward Head Posture May Correlate With How Much Pain You Are Experiencing?

According to McAviney et al., participants in a 2005 study inJMPT* with a straightened or reversed cervical curve were 18 TIMES more likely to be in chronic neck pain compared to the non-pain group.

Specifically, those with cervical spine curves below 20° were twice as likely to be in the chronic neck pain group. This measurement can be done on the lateral cervical x-ray and is a routine part of our neck examination at Symmetry. This is key information in making clinical decisions and formulating a corrective care plan.

How Do We Measure Poor Posture and the Magnitude of a Neck Curve?

In addition to a visual postural exam, a series of full spine X-Rays can give accurate measurements of one’s spinal configuration. This important information is as valuable as knowing your blood pressure and cholesterol levels. After all, the spine and nervous system are the control center of the entire body! Knowing these numbers as a baseline may give insight to the body’s potential for pain and disability in life. It also offers a start point and a goal to work toward the established normal values in the literature.

If you have not had your spine examined by a professional in this area of expertise, call or text us today to schedule a no-charge consultation. Symmetry Health Center 510-769-0125

*McAviney J, Schulz D, Bock R, Harrison DE, Holland B. Determining the relationship between cervical lordosis and neck complaints. J Manipulative Physiol Ther. 2005 Mar-Apr;28(3):187-93

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