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Note: Content reposted from Heidi Haavik blog and translated.

Mobile and tablets can harm your body – children are most at risk

Researcher Heidi Haavik is concerned that children who hang too much with the head can have major musculoskeletal disorders as adults.

Very harmful for the skeleton, but also the brain

Children can get muscle injuries of mobile use as follows them the rest of their lives, warns researcher.

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Published: 04/08/2015 – 11:39 p.m.

Very many, especially children and adolescents, has an assertive, stooping posture when looking at mobile phone, and this is very detrimental to the skeleton, but also the brain, says Heidi Haavik, chiropractor with a doctorate in neurophysiology.

Scientists see a variety of ailments that occur because of all the screen time, including major neurological and psychological disorders.

In a survey conducted by the British Chiropractic Association in 2013 had 40 percent of children between 11 and 16 years experienced pain in the neck or back as a result of the use of computers, mobile or tablet.

Sitting and the spine…

Heidi Haavik are trained chiropractor and a doctorate in neurophysiology. She also sits on the board of the World Federation of Chiropractic’s Research.

Children’s bodies are especially prone to such ailments. Parents must take responsibility early, otherwise injuries accompany the children for life, she says.

Haavik recommend that children lie on their stomachs when they use mobile and tablet, or preferably puts the tablet in a holder on the table in front of them so they can sit and look straight ahead on the screen. On a child weighs head more compared to what muscles tolerate than on an adult. In addition, do not children so light that they must address themselves when they get hurt.

In the British study was that only 15 percent of parents who had noticed that the children had the wrong posture.

Do not ignore children with neck pain. It could affect the development of balance, head movement  and ability to learn to read, say Powys.

Heidi Haavik is from Vikersund and conduct their own research in New Zealand, where she moved as a student. Powys has the last 15 years won several research awards and is involved in research at a number of universities in New Zealand, Australia, Canada, Europe and Scandinavia.

We get used to pain …

Our head, weighing three to four kilograms, is designed to balance on top of the spine and look straight ahead. Luter one forward, trailer entire head weight of muscles and tendons attached neck. By continuous load damage to musculoskeletal. This can lead to two-term problems, according Haavik:

The first is that one can get pain, and according to recent research is pain often a learned condition. That body has adjusted to a life with pain and does nothing to counteract the condition, so that children with poor posture can become adults with chronic pain, says Powys.

Mood and breathing are affected

The second issue sits in the central nervous system…

Chronic muscle pain can lead to unhealthy changes in the spine, which is the main road for communication between the body and the brain. If the impulses of the body be wrongly interpreted by the brain, leads to impaired balance, fine motor skills and hand-eye coordination. Besides affecting it in some individuals mood, breath and ability to handle stress, says Powys.

Children with pain become adults with pain.

This article is part of a major story about health and mobile use in Dagens Næringsliv.

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