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Do Your Kids Have Text Neck? Do You?

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(Photo credit should read STAN HONDA/AFP/GettyImages)

(Photo credit should read STAN HONDA/AFP/GettyImages)

It’s true!   Kids are complaining about headaches and neck pain and doctors say that it is from hunching over the device with forward head posture.  They say that some kids spend 7 1/2 hours a day with that posture and that is what is causing the problems.

Florida chiropractor Dean L. Fishman, D.C., who coined the phrase and founded a corresponding research institute, tells SELF Magazine, “Text Neck is an overuse syndrome or a repetitive stress injury, where you have your head hung forward and down looking at your mobile device for extended periods of time,” he explains.  “Don’t get me wrong: I love technology, but this is a global epidemic not just from texting, but from using all sorts of wireless media.”

Dr. Fishman even created a “Text Neck” app  which offers “immediate real-time feedback” about whether your standing in the correct posture, indicated by a green or red light.  There’s also an optional vibration or beep reminder, when you lapse into bad habits.  Best of all, according to the doctor, it actually tracks your slouching/standing patterns and offers an average score.

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