From the Desk of Mrs. Cindy McGowan, School Counselor

I recently learned about a new issue related to cell phone usage and their physical impact on all of us (www.spine-health.com). It is a condition called ‘text neck’. ‘Text neck’ is the term used to describe the neck pain and damage sustained from looking down at a cell phone, tablet, or other wireless devices.

This condition is concerning because young, growing children could possibly cause permanent damage to their cervical spines that could lead to lifelong neck pain.

‘Text neck’ causes neck shoulder, and upper back pain and soreness which may lead to the early onset of arthritis in the neck.

This is a real concern. A recent study showed that 79% of the population between the ages 18 and 44 have their cell phones with them almost all the time—with only 2 hours of their waking day spent without their cell phone on hand.1

Here is some advice to prevent ‘text neck’. Hold your cell phone (and all screens) at eye level as much as possible. Take frequent breaks from your phone and laptop throughout the day. Try to avoid looking down with your head bent forward for extended periods throughout the day. Engage in core training exercise as it is essential to have strong core and neck muscles to support your upper body.

One more reason we should add exercise to our 2018 resolutions!

cmcgowan@stjamesschoolah.org  (email address in our directory is incorrect)

https://www.nu.nl/files/IDC-Facebook%20Always%20Connected%20%281%29.pdf   Something for us to think about..