Text Neck & Posture
Text Neck: Why Kids are at High Risk
How to Avoid Neck Pain and Improve Their Posture
Using a personal device shouldn’t be a pain in the neck. However, children who spend more than 30 minutes on their devices in one sitting could suffer from chronic neck and back pain later in life.
Our clinic has seen a significant increase in postural injuries in children over the past 10 years and research suggests that hunching over electronic devices at a young age can entrench bad habits which will cause musculoskeletal issues in adulthood.
When the body can’t maintain the optimal position for its muscles to move and generate force, they figure out how to compensate or cheat to get the job done. This compensation results in wear and tear on the body.
Here are some tips to help parents manage screen time and help reduce text neck!
- Chin up!
The most important way to avoid various neck problems is to not look down at a personal device for a long period of time. Bring it up to eye-level — if your child always keeps the tablet on their lap, try propping it on a table.
- Take a break
Children who spend more than 30 minutes on their devices will begin to show signs of neck and back pain. Insist they take a break, flex their neck and get some physical exercise!
- Plank It
Challenge your child to take the plank or ½ plank position to help stimulate the glute bridge muscles and stabilizers. In this position, your body has to do some work rather than slumping and hanging.
- Don’t let hips sag down to the ground, maintain flat back and butt by flexing abdominals
- Keep shoulders down, and neck long
- If your child is too tired to hold a good position, they are not strong enough to continue.