Heidi Haavik, research chiropractor, warns: “Children can get muscle damage from mobile use that follows them the rest of their lives.
“Very many, especially children and adolescents, have a forward-looking, leaning posture when looking at a smartphone, and this is very harmful to the skeleton, but also the brain,” said Heidi Haavik, a chiropractor with a doctorate in neurophysiology. Researchers are noticing a number of ailments that occur due to screen time, including major neurological and psychological disorders. In a survey conducted by the British Chiropractic Association in 2013, 40 percent of children between the ages of 11 and 16 had neck or back pain due to the use of PC, smartphone mobile or tablet. Concern is growing that children are using tablets in school time, all types of screens at other times, leading to big postural changes
Heidi Haavik is an educated chiropractor and holds a doctorate in neurophysiology. She is also on the board of the World Federation of Chiropractic’s Research, and is author of The Reality Check, a book that is available at Cambridgeshire Family Chiropractic Centre.
“Children’s bodies are particularly prone to such ailments. Parents must take responsibility early, otherwise the injuries can follow the children for the rest of their lives, “she says.
Haavik recommends that the children lay on their stomach when using mobile smartphones and tablets, or most preferably put the tablet in a holder on the table in front of them so that they can sit and look straight on the screen. With children, the head weighs more in relation to what the muscles can withstand than with adults. In addition, children do not easily understand that they must correct this position when they get hurt. In the UK survey, only 15 percent of parents surveyed had noticed that the children had poor posture.
Heidi Haavik is from Vikersund, Norway, and now runs her own research centre in New Zealand, where she moved to as a student. She has won several research prizes in the past 15 years and is involved in research at a number of universities in New Zealand, Australia, Canada, Europe and the Nordic region.
Our head, weighing three to four kilos, is made to balance on the top of the spine and look straight ahead. Leaning forward, hangs the entire body weight in the muscles and tendons fastened in the neck. In case of continuous stress, damage to the muscles and skeletal system occurs. This can lead to two lasting issues, according to Haavik: “The first is that one can get pain, and according to recent research, pain is often a learned state. That is, the body relies on pain and does nothing to counteract the condition so that children with poor posture can become adults with chronic pain.”
The other problem is in the central nervous system.
Chronic muscle aches can lead to unhealthy change in the spine, which is the main route for communication between the body and the brain. If the impulses from the body are interpreted incorrectly by the brain, this results in impaired balance, fine motor skills and eye-hand coordination. In addition, it affects some people’s mood, breath and ability to handle stress, “says Haavik. Jo Groenhart is now offering exercise courses to help children with such issues, please contact us for more details, and to arrange a consultation.
[Source: https://www.dn.no/privat/2015/08/04/2339/Teknologi/-svrt-skadelig-for-skjelettet-men-ogs-hjernen Downloaded and translated 19/01/2018]