As portable technology spells the end for the desktop computer, we grow more and more accustomed to watching our children do their homework hunched over an iPad or balancing a laptop on their knees.
It is a troubling development says The Physio Clinic’s Ben Corso, who treats many teenagers for back and neck pain exacerbated by the prolonged use of portable devices.
“Bad sitting for any length of time can adversely affect the posture of our kids, particularly during the early teen growth spurt periods when their bones are growing faster than their muscles,” the Adelaide physiotherapist says.
“These days, children are sitting in worse positions and for a lot longer than they used to,” he says.
But it’s not just their necks and backs that are at risk. Over use of digital devices such as computers, laptops, tablets and phones can cause Digital Eye Strain (DES) on top of the neck and back strain, after working on devices for prolonged periods of time.
DES symptoms include discomfort, heaviness, blurred vision and headaches, and unfortunately the number of people being diagnosed with DES is on the rise.
From Health Partners Optometrist Clifford Kam
From The Physio Clinic's Ben Corso
Seek help from a professional if your child complains of regular headaches or spinal pain.