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  • Writer's pictureDr. Jill King

Kids, Electronics, Posture, and Prevention

The increase in technology in this generation has had a significant impact on society, including children and teenagers. On one hand, technology has provided access to vast amounts of information and resources, as well as new forms of communication and entertainment. On the other hand, it has come with a price. The constant looking down has caused a lot of people to experience what is known as "text neck".

Text neck is a term used to describe neck pain and strain that results from prolonged use of mobile devices such as smartphones, tablets, and laptops. This condition is becoming increasingly common in children and teenagers as technology use becomes more prevalent.

The symptoms of text neck in children can include neck pain, headaches, shoulder pain, and upper back pain. Prolonged technology use can contribute to poor posture, which can further exacerbate these symptoms.

Good posture is important for children who use tablets or other mobile devices on a frequent basis. Poor posture while using technology can lead to neck and back pain, eye strain, and other health issues. To promote good posture in children while using technology, it is recommended to follow these tips:

  1. Encourage them to sit up straight with their feet on the floor.

  2. Use a stable, adjustable chair that supports the back.

  3. Position the tablet or device at eye level to reduce neck strain.

  4. Take frequent breaks and stretch their neck, shoulders, and back.

  5. Limit screen time to prevent prolonged periods of inactivity.

  6. Encourage physical activity and outdoor play to balance technology usage.

To help prevent text neck in children, it is recommended to limit their technology usage, encourage frequent breaks and proper posture while using devices, and encourage physical activity and stretching exercises. Children can also benefit from chiropractic care to help improve their posture, reduce pain, and promote overall spinal health.

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