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Is Your Smartphone Taking a Toll on Your Body?
FAIRBORN -- Consider how much time you spend on your smartphone. Have you ever thought about what it is doing to your body?
At Shaffer Chiropractic, Angela England just needs a little adjustment from time to time. She finds herself using technology a lot.
"I have the smartphone, the Kindle and the laptop. And I do use the smartphone a lot. I have everything in there, my kids' schedules, calendars, everything," England said.
"Studies have shown just with modern technology, about 60 percent of people complain of different health ailments with bad ergonomics with computers and it's only going to get worse when you're holding something down and looking down for long periods," said Dr. Randall Shaffer who owns his practice.
Now consider how much teens and young adults are on their phones or game consoles, hunched over checking social media or texting.
"Although I have not seen a ton of the younger generation coming in, the kids are getting younger, and they're texting a lot longer, so I do anticipate that happening in the future," Dr. Shaffer said, who added that folks should follow the 10-second rule.
"About 10 seconds out of every 10 minutes that you're texting, you should spend some time stretching your neck, back, stretching your shoulders just keep everything moving. Give your muscles a chance to rest and recover from the prolonged one-sided position. So movement is key."
It is advice Angela England follows and tells the same to her kids.
"I have a 13-year-old daughter and she texts a lot more than I do, and I'll catch her head dropping, and I'll remind her to lift her head up and phone up a little bit to keep that good posture."
That should keep you from ending up in Dr. Shaffer's office regularly.
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