When a college student experiences neck pain, it is common to blame the way they slept, but what about the way they studied? The demanding nature of academia in students often necessitates that they remain in the same seated position, staring at a screen for hours at a time. With impending deadlines and final exams around the corner, college students may overlook how the way they sit and use a laptop are attributing to their distracting neck pain.
While working on a computer or hovering over your desk, your neck has a tendency to lean forward (closer to the screen), placing your head in front of your shoulders, which can cause the most common condition that contributes to neck pain, forward head posture (FHP). Also known as “text neck”, forward head posture puts excessive stress on the vertebrae of the upper neck and strain on the neck and shoulder muscles because of the forward pull of the weight of the head.
Neck pain in college students can also be caused by the weight or improper use of their backpacks. Wearing a backpack over one shoulder often leads to your body leaning to one side to offset the extra weight. The force from the weight of a backpack can also pull you backward causing you to arch your back forward to compensate, which can lead to rounded shoulders and bad posture.
It is highly recommended that you see a doctor if you are experiencing consistent neck pain symptoms. If you are a student at Florida State University, Florida A&M University, Tallahassee Community College, or any other local institution in Tallahassee, Florida, Pragle Chiropractic and Massage Therapy provides a nurturing and calming environment to help you find relief from your neck pain. It’s okay if you are on a college budget, because Dr. Eric provides a FREE CONSULTATION, as well as individualized recommendations and treatment plans! For more information, please feel free to call or text 850-508-5951 or visit www.praglechiro.com.