City Guide 2014 - Page 7

“t takes a village i to raise a child.” What about when kids aren’t active and not moving their bodies? Children are spending more and more time using tablets and smart phones. This has significantly increased the incidence of neck and back pain complaints being addressed by the pediatric chiropractor.  Often kids end up in a hunching position with forward neck posture that leads to cervical (neck) strain and misalignment of the vertebrae. A prolonged time in this posture flattens the cervical curvature and significantly increases the load on the neck and shoulders. This also results in stress on the nervous system and interferes with the brain’s ability to communicate with the body. Since we don’t expect tablet and smartphone use to decrease any time soon, we need to look at preventative and proactive ways to maintain a healthy posture, proper alignment and movement.   HERE IS A LIST OF DO’S WHEN IT COMES TO MOBILE ELECTRONIC DEVICE USE: •  how your child how to sit comfortably S with good posture - two feet on the floor and back well supported. •  lace a pillow on the child’s lap, so he P or she can rest their arms on the pillow supporting the tablet in a comfortable position, enabling them to use the device without hunching forward or looking down. (Or sit at a table when possible.) •  or every 30 minutes on the device there F should be a 30 minute break where the activity becomes one of full body movement. Look for activities that use and strengthen core muscles. •  se a wireless keyboard when typing on U a tablet, propping the screen up so it can be seen at eye level or just below.  •  onsider having your child sit on an C exercise ball while using the device. A dynamic surface can encourage children to use their trunk muscles and promote proper posture. Posture and alignment reveal valuable information about the health, f չ