Are Cell Phones Hurting Your Teenagers?

Are Cell Phones Hurting Your Teenagers?

Hey There Concerned Parent,

I don’t even have teenagers yet, that will come for me soon enough. My oldest has just turned 7 and he is siting next to me watching gamer videos on his new I Pad. I see the position he is in and I know it’s not the best, but the good news in that he has me to fix him. I check my boys at the very least 2 times a month and often find many things stuck that their little bodies is unable to fix for itself.

So, I am asking you…”Who’s going to fix your kids when their spine gets twisted out of shape?”

Here is some information I dug up I thought you would find interesting and just may encourage you to take action and make sure the time your teenager is spending on their phone or tablet isn’t creating life long problems.

In 2016, researchers at Curtin University in Perth examined the seated posture and health data of 1,108 17-year olds in an effort to determine if any particular posture increased the risk of headaches/neck pain among late adolescents.Among four posture subgroups—upright, intermediate, slumped thorax, and forward head—the researchers observed the following: participants who were slumped in their thoracic spine (mid-back region) and had their head forward when they sat were at higher odds of having mild, moderate, or severe depression; participants classified as having a more upright posture exercised more frequently, females were more likely to sit more upright than males; those who were overweight were more likely to sit with a forward neck posture; and taller people were more likely to sit upright.

While they found biopsychosocial factors like exercise frequency, depression, and body mass index (BMI) ARE associated with headaches and neck pain, their data did not suggest any one particular posture increased the risk of neck pain or headaches more than any other posture among the teenagers involved in the study.

This is noteworthy as studies with adults do indicate the risk for neck pain and headaches is greater in individuals with poor neck posture. In particular, postures such as forward head carriage, pinching a phone between the ear and shoulder, and prolonged neck/head rotation outside of neutral can all increase the risk of cervical disorders. This suggests that in younger bodies, the cause of neck pain and headaches may be multifactoral and not limited to just poor posture and that treatment must address all issues that may increase one’s risk for neck pain/headaches in order to reach a desired outcome.

The good news is that chiropractic has long embraced the biopsychosocial model of healthcare, looking at ALL factors that affect back and neck pain and quality of life. Through patient education, spinal manipulation, mobilization, exercise training, the use of modalities, and more, chiropractors can greatly help those struggling with neck pain and headaches!

What do you think? Nervous about your kids?

I am often asked the question, “How old do children have to be to get Chiropractic Care?” The answer is, as soon as you, the parent feels comfortable and have a good relationship with a Doctor you can trust. I trated both of my boys minutes after they were born and they have thrived like no other. So, I recommend that you find a good Chiropractor and have your kids checked.

I am seeing more and more kids and adults for that matter with a new condition called “Text Neck” It’s a term not likely found in Webster’s Dictionary just yet, but it will be very soon.

Warning signs for you kids, are complaints of Headaches, Neck Pain, Tightness in the Shoulders, Dizziness, Tingling in the Hands or Lack of Concentration. Keep a close eye on your beloved kids and find a good doctor you can trust.

I own and operate Georgetown Back Pain Relief Center and have been helping patients for more than 17 years. We provide Convenient, Affordable and Mainstream Chiropractic Care in Georgetown Ky, without ever recommending unnecessary long-term treatments and or therapies.

Watching Your Back!

Doc Lyles


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Dr. Jason Lyles
D.C. Doctor of Chiropractic at Georgetown Back Pain Relief Center
I have been doing this for over 15 years now and I truly love helping people get out of pain and regain their health through quality care.