Is Your Child's Posture Collapsing From Technology?

By Saree Reveling |

Does Your Child Have Text Neck? 

My child has text neck

There is an epidemic surfacing in this country and it's something called Tech Neck or Text Neck. You guessed it. It's caused by looking down at your digital device whether it be your smartphone, tablet or computer screen for too long and it's rampant in our culture today. It is causing untold suffering and it's something our culture needs to be aware of as we navigate through the Information Age. 

In most households, what is going on today is that many of us, including our children, are watching movies, playing interactive games and texting our friends and family right from our smartphones. 58 percent of children ages 8-12 have a cellphone and 38 percent of children under the age of 2 are already using a mobile device to view media. Children's bones are very soft. It takes about 15 years for the spine to fully develop and mature. The early ages are a critical time for spine health as the posture our kids maintain now, will define their spinal health as adults.

As a Certified Posture Expert with the American Posture Institute and a chiropractor with over 30 years of experience, my interest and passion is in maintaining a healthy posture. 

Correct posture is an important way to maintain health in the many intricate structures in the back and spine. Good posture and back support are critical when it comes to avoiding back and neck injuries and pain. Not maintaining good posture and adequate back support can add strain to muscles and put stress on the spine. Over time, the stress of poor posture can change the anatomical characteristics of the spine, leading to the possibility of constricted blood vessels and nerves, as well as problems with muscles, discs, and joints. All of these can be major contributors to back and neck pain, as well as headaches, fatigue, and possibly even concerns with major organs and breathing.

Every little bit our head moves forward, dramatically increases stress and strain on the muscles, ligaments, discs and nerves in the spine. This additional stress and strain leads to pain, tension, numbness and tingling, and headaches.  All of these symptoms can be attributed to Text Neck. One of the injuries that routinely surfaces from Text Neck is Upper Crossed Syndrome. Human beings are meant to have an erect upright posture. 

Having good posture is especially important for teenage kids who are whose spines are still forming so let me get right to the chase. What we do  in our office to find out if someone is experiencing Text Neck is to perform a couple of tests. We have a technology to measure your posture called Posture Screen used to determine deviations from the normal positions of the head, rib cage, pelvis and spine. We use this cutting edge technology to evaluate and then prescribe corrective exercises.
We also test the stress of the nerves and muscles along the spine with MyoVision Screenings.  These screenings allow us to do a “Quick Measure” of muscle tension about the spine, showing muscular compensation patterns for various spinal disorders. 

We oftentimes take spinal x-rays to see what's going on with your structure before creating a customized and personalized spinal care program for our patients which includes chiropractic adjustments, innovative therapies and rehabilitation exercises. Our aim is not only to address the  cause but also to reverse the effects of bad posture.
if you'd like to get checked out, feel free to call our office.  We'll start you on the path to better posture and a healthier life.

dr-jorgensen-min-300x300Now in his 30th year in practice, Dr. Mike Jorgensen is a second generation chiropractor following in the footsteps of his dad. He watched the miracles and power of chiropractic at work while his dad helped countless thousands of patients get out of crippling pain and illnesses over many decades. He is also a Certified Posture Exercise Professional.  He specializes in clinical nutrition, helping people with issues such as fatigue, digestive issues, hormonal and thyroid problems.  Dr. Jorgensen also has been using Cold Laser in his practice since 2004. In 2018, Dr. Mike Jorgensen joined Dr. Paul Bekkum and crew at All Seasons Full Body Chiropractic Center in an effort to reach more of our community with life changing treatments.

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