Text Neck


With seven out of ten children having access to a tablet computer and spending an average of 10.5 hours online per week, osteopath, Kevin Partridge at the Trinity Practice, Shaftesbury, is seeing an increase in text neck.
Kevin said ‘A human head weighs 10lbs, but the problems start when we drop our head forward, more than doubling it’s pressure on your neck and causing the 23 neck muscles to contract, eventually causing spasm, pain and injury”
Two simple habits can help. Firstly raising ‘phone to face’ rather than dropping ‘face to phone’ will significantly reduce neck pressure. Secondly follow the 20:20:20 rule, every 20 minutes look at something 20 feet away for 20 seconds.
Osteopaths are trained to diagnose and treat neck conditions, further information may be found here.
Feet also need to be looked after. A new born babies foot is about 7.5 cm long, growing to an average of over 25cm. Miles Cowan, Podiatrist at the Trinity Practice says ‘During this time the foot grows from 22 partially developed bones, to 26 fully developed bones’. Podiatrists specialise in correcting curled or claw toes using specially moulded insoles but it is important to regularly check the fit and wear of your children’s shoes.

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