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August 21, 2013

Are Smartphones ruining kid's posture?

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So what exactly is the big deal if you have bad posture? The most common abnormal posture is carrying your head so far forward. This is called anterior head carriage, and it can produce up to 30 pounds of additional pressure on the neck. Imagine walking around all day with a bowling ball on top of your head. Now, imagine doing that for five, 10, or 20 years. This kind of damage can lead to degenerative changes in the neck — even at a young age. Symptoms that are most related by this poor posture are, spinal pain, headaches, moods, heartburn, blood pressure, pulse and lung capacity. All of these symptoms can be helped by a chiropractor.

What is being done about this? Well, some schools are going with two sets of books — one for school and and one for home and others have gone digital with books on tablets. This improvement should help with eliminating poor posture. Let’s face it; texting, Twitter, Facebook, video games, homework and backpacks are going to be here for awhile — why not bring your child in for a chiropractic consultation so they don’t grow up with unnecessary pain?

Sources: “Heath Problems Associated with Texting.” Allied Health Chiro September 26, 2013. Print.; Ventura, Dr. Joseph “Poor Posture and the Tweet Generation.” National Posture Institute June 2012 http://www.npionline.org/articles/2012_June.html. Online.

Dr. Ken Womboldt is owner of Alternative Wellness & Chiropractic Center.

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