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GMW: Dr. Brian Paris Warns of the Dangers of Texting

Text Neck Epidemic

Mobile devices can literally become a pain in the neck. Constant texting, typing and tweeting can lead to “text neck,” and Dr. Brian Paris of Advanced Wellness Systems joins Good Morning Washington to shed light on the text neck epidemic and share tips for improving posture.

On air, Dr. Paris illustrates how long periods of technology use leaves users, particularly children, hunched over in a forward flex position. This poor posture places unnecessary pressure and stress on the neck, shoulders and spine. Not only does “text neck” impact one’s musculoskeletal system, poor posture negatively affects one’s emotional state and body language.

To combat the effects of “text neck,” Dr. Paris recommends using technology in 10-minute intervals and taking a 10-second break to get into correct posture:

  1. Get up.
  2. Grip the floor with your feet.
  3. Pull your belly button into your spine.
  4. Let your hands down.
  5. Stand up tall.

Watch Dr. Paris discuss the “text neck” epidemic on NewsChannel 8 above.

OMG: Texting is Damaging Your Spine

Time spent texting on your smartphone is reeking havoc on your posture, and you may not even realize it. According to a recent study and Dr. Brian ParisAdvanced Wellness Systems, that face-forward posture that’s become epidemic from constantly texting, typing and tweeting is bad for your neck and spine.

Our bodies instinctively hunch over when we use our smartphones and computers, but poor posture strains neck and back muscles, and makes joints work harder.

Dr. Paris admits technology has helped our work and personal lives, but we need to implement postural changes and be mindful of the time spent hunched over. It’s important to return back to an open, neutral and balanced posture. Our bodies function better when our head, shoulders, hips and ankles are aligned. If you insist on being hunched over when using devices, limit time spent hunched forward to 10 minutes.

Watch Dr. Paris’ explain the dangers of poor posture above.