TECHNOLOGY AND HOW IT AFFECTS THE BODY
Teenagers are facing a problem with the use of technology and the toll it is taking on their bodies. The use of cell phones for texting, calling, social media, apps, games, and the constant need to be and feel connected are forming potentially dangerous issues inside of the body. Add on hours of video games, TV, and laptop use and we can see the culmination of technology use as being one the biggest indicators in teens for poor posture, headaches, and damage to the neck and the spine causing soreness, pain, misalignment, and lack of energy and productivity because the body is running inefficiently. This constant abuse to the natural spinal curves from poor posture can be very harmful to young teens.
We have all seen teenagers glued to their smart phones in a certain position, this is known as “text neck.” The neck is down creating forward head posture, the shoulders are rolled forward and slouched, and the teen is hunched over staring at their screen. The real issue at hand is that with the constant use of cell phones (for all of us, but especially in developing teens) is the damage that is occurring in the body over years as a result of this type of activity and the compromising position that the body is in while it is occurring.
Text neck and poor posture put an immense amount of strain on the muscles, nerves, discs, joints and nervous system. It can lead to abnormal bone growth, pain in the neck, shoulders and hips, headaches, fatigue, and weakened muscles. It can also cause many long-term issues such as arthritis, scoliosis, and headaches. It is not natural for the body to be in such a position for extended periods of time. Back pain is one of the most common complaints of teenagers and adults alike; and what is one of the most common causes for back pain? Poor posture!
WHAT YOU CAN DO
As a parent, it is important to show good posture yourself and promote good posture in your teen. Note when you are sitting improperly and point it out to them so they can see how you correct it. Point out others with good posture and how confidant that person appears, your child may want to practice that. Encouraging exercise, limiting time in front of phones, TV, laptops etc. and teaching good habits from an early age can reduce injuries and pain down the line.
At Keystone Physical Medicine we know, we have kids, too! And we encourage check-ups as well. An early diagnosis means earlier treatment and prevention of developing more severe complications down the line. Knowing the condition of the neck and spine early is vital information to have, good or bad. Having all the bones and joints aligned properly prevents excessive strain on the body as a whole. Our integrated office is a team of Physicians that include a Chiropractor, Nurse Practitioner, Physical Therapist, and Massage Therapist who all work together to get your teens’ posture, and their health back on track. We know that teens can be difficult, but their posture shouldn’t be! Give us a call today, we are here to help, and we want to help.