Dr. Dean Fisherman has brought up an excellent point in the Chiropractic Economics Blog. Teachers tell kids to sit up straight in class. Parents tell their kids “don’t slouch”. One recent and often overlooked part of American children’s lives is cell phone posture.
Dr. Fisherman writes about a young woman and her mother visiting his office in Plantation, Florida.
The mother was seeing Dr. Fisherman for a clinical diagnosis and noticed her daughter hunched over into a ball while texting on her cell phone. He was explaining to the patient that her daughter was losing her natural cervical curve and out popped the term “text neck”. This new term is important because both adults and children can understand it easily.
Dr. Fisherman gave his new young patient an exercise regimen and advised her on better ways to view her cell phone while texting. He then did case studies of several patients and developed a full plan for helping people use their cell phones in a safe manner.
We all have seen children (and adults) texting on their cell phones and playing their mobile games. Both hands on the gadget, the gadget in their laps, shoulders hunched. It may feel like a natural way to use the device, but it can cause neck and back problems in children. This is especially dangerous for children because they are still growing and need good posture to grow up healthy.
Call Dr. Craig McGiffin at his Outer Banks chiropractic clinic to see if you and your children use your cell phones and other everyday tools safely.