Text Neck Syndrome
Are you or your children potentially in danger?
This clinical medicine article has been written specifically for parents with children AND those of you who are between the age of 15 to 40 years of age. Please read this article and on-send it to others who will benefit from its contents.
In 1991 I conducted a ground breaking research project on the impact of Computers on Spinal Muscular systems. This research was subsequently broadcast on national Television and appeared in the West Australian and became the template for many people working in the field of office ergonomics. It also empowered many who were then adopting the ‘latest’ technology called the Computer to think about the effects this wonderful device has on us.
Hast forward to the Year 2018 and what amazing advances we have in technology. The advent of the ‘mouse age’ where many programs and platforms started from keyboard strokes to using of the computer mouse has now given away to smaller more powerful devices such as the tablet and smartphones.
Indeed there is now many smartphones which outperform desktops and laptops and is used by many for social media communication, work on the go and basically mobility of the ‘office’ on the road.
Text Neck Syndrome – The Signs and Symptoms
If you are using one of the newest current technologies or are parents who have succumbed to allowing your children to do the same then perhaps the following symptoms should be heeded and acted upon:
- Constant or regular headaches
- Poor concentration and focus
- Increasing neck and shoulder pain
- Flexed neck posture
- Rounded shoulders
- Irritability and difficulty sleeping
- Referred pain to the arms, forearms or fingers
Caution for Parents
If you have used the technology to distract your kids and to ‘keep them occupied’ then these are some of the potential consequences:
- Inability for them to hold conversation and focus attention with others
- Avoidance syndrome with their environment and inability to cope with situations hence poor problem solving in real life
- The start of a KYPHOTIC curve in the neck which will afflict them through their lifespan and affect function
- Decreased mobility and function of their upper limbs
Proactivity – Help Reduce The Risks
- Undertake exercise which are counteractive to the flexed neck syndrome
- Avoid sports which requires excessive neck flexion eg golf but promote sports which encourages upward movement of the neck
- Undertake a proper regime of stretches and strengthening from qualified sports medicine personnel
- Create activities for children which require long focus vision rather than short focused vision
- Promote more outdoor activities instead of those in front of a Television / Computer / Tablet / Smartphone screen
- Give kids interactive activities when in vehicles for them to explore their hands and vision rather than a screen
- Stretch and Strengthening programs for yourself or children? Email:email@example.com
- Signs and Symptoms requiring intervention? Email:firstname.lastname@example.org
- Workplace or Home Ergonomics? Email:email@example.com
Holiday Focus For Parents & Kids – The Perth Integrated Health Contribution
From today (2nd July 2018 to 17th July 2018 both dates inclusive) kids who book in for either an assessment or clinical intervention will qualify for our sponsored program for the same period
The Standard Consultancy Rate will be reduced by $10 for this same period as our sponsorship and support of this initiative.
This holiday focus is applicable for children from 3 years to 15 years of age at the time of the consultation.
Author: Ian Wee – Perth Integrated Health
Ian Wee is Managing Director of Perth Integrated Health. For over 30 years he has been involved in spinal muscular care with his research and clinical work featured in the various print and electronic media. He has undertaken extensive ergonomics projects for organisations like iiNet, Mobil Australia, National Australia Bank, BHP Billiton, Bedshed to name but a few. His work on practical ergonomics in the workplace will soon be featured in September 2018 at the upcoming Women’s Health Symposium held in concert with Central Park Management for corporate women and women working from home. For more information please email:firstname.lastname@example.org