In this digital age, it seems that technology is used for almost everything. Kids are constantly using computers and iPads at school for learning, then playing games or using devices at home. What is often forgotten about throughout this is posture. If you watch a child using an iPad or similar device, you will probably see the poor posture that is associated with the use of a portable device. The head is forward and shoulders are rounded, causing muscles of the neck to work harder. This posture using modern devices has developed the name ‘text neck’.
What is text neck?
Up until recently, neck problems in children were rare. Today, however, researchers at Harvard Medical Health predict that seven out of 10 people will experience neck aches at some point in their lives.
When we hunch over our devices to text, the muscles and tendons at the front of the neck tighten, while those behind the neck lengthen. The human head weighs about 4kg, but for every 2.5cm your head is tilted forward, the weight your neck needs to carry doubles. Over time, this causes the natural curve of the neck to flatten.This poor posture may then lead to muscle tightness and headaches, and as a result, children may become unhappy, frustrated or not concentrate properly. As kids head into adulthood, experts believe that degeneration will have already set in as a result of slumped posture and poor alignment, potentially requiring medication and surgical intervention.
Signs of text neck
Tips to avoid poor posture
Risks of Text Neck
By Scott Baker, Principal Chiropractor at Childrens Sunshine Chiropractic. Dr Scott Baker is only one of a few chiropractors on the Sunshine Coast who focuses entirely on babies and children. His vision is to identify and correct musculoskeletal problems in babies caused by the birth process and assist babies and children reach their optimal potential. To find out more, call (07) 5491 7743, or visit childrenssunshinechiropractic.com.au.