Today, parents tend to bring their children to see specialists more often for having headaches, back and/or neck pain. Many parents are even unsure as to why their children are getting this pain until they are asked what they do for fun and exercise.
Instead of playing outside for hours, kids are spending hours on their phones or tablets and are unaware of the effects that this can have on their body. Video games, social media, texting, YouTube or Netflix watching are all contributing to this so called “Tech-Neck”. Millennials and the younger population are beginning to steer away from hours of television and are gearing towards YouTube videos and hours of binging on Netflix series.
Constantly having ones neck dropped down for extended periods of time strains the neck muscles causing them to shorten and tighten. As this happens the shoulders begin to roll forward, leading to bad posture which further contributes to neck and back pain.
Tablet and cell phone use have drastically increased over recent year. Practicing good posture will significantly decrease additional strain on the body. While some may feel self-conscious holding their phones at eye level, keeping the body properly aligned during tech-use will help eliminate tilting the head downward and putting added strain on the neck muscles as the lower you tilt your head the more weight is placed on the neck.
For many, being led in the right direction through physical therapy and instruction on proper body mechanics can help get you or your child back to pain-free living. Call to schedule an appointment with one of our board certified doctors at 863-688-3030 or schedule your appointment online at: http://spineinstitutefl.com/
Specialists’ recommendations and individually structured exercise programs can help foster good spinal health for your family and will help avoid neck pain, back pain and shoulder pain. Don’t wait for your children to complain of back or neck pain prior to taking action. Injury prevention is the key! Improper attention to body mechanics today will predispose your kids to increased risk of future back injuries.
The stats: Young people online
- 3 hours is amount of time 7-16-year-olds spend online each day
- 8 hours is the amount of time 15-16-year-olds spend online
- 60% watch TV via a phone, tablet or laptop
- 1 hours spent watching through a television each day, which is down from 3 hours in 2000
- 38% do most of their TV viewing on demand
Source: Childwise Monitor report 2016