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How My Nephews and I Avoided “Text Neck” for at Least One Day

Vaughan Chiropractor Gives Public Awareness Announcement About Posture and “Text Neck”

Maple, ON – Yesterday I had the pleasure of taking my nephews out on what I call an Adventure Fun Day with Uncle Walter. We went on a nature walk, observed birds with our binoculars, connected with Mother Nature, and discovered abandoned farm ruins. That was in the morning. In the afternoon we played bowling. And, when we got home, we topped it off with some tree climbing.

These are the types of days I recall when I was a child; spending eight hours a day outdoors, only coming in for lunch and dinner.

Today, too many kids are spending their time indoors, sitting, playing with their handheld devices, like smartphones and tablets.

This problem today has been called “Text Neck”.

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Text Neck is a term that describes the effect of constant, progressive flexion (bending forward) of the head and neck due to the excessive use of media devices like smartphones, tablets, and other handheld devices. Yes it can affect adults too but it’s has a more detrimental affect on youngsters because they are still growing and their spines are more flexible, therefore more susceptible to the early development of posture problems.

Bad posture, especially a forward head position, causes a tremendous amount of increased weight and pressure on the neck joints, muscles, and nerves. As well, it tensions the spinal cord, the main pipeline that feeds life from your brain to your body systems. This can lead to a whole array of health issues because the nervous system is the master system that controls all functions, healing, and repair in the body.

Children should be spending more time doing activities that require motion versus spending time sitting with an electronic device. Sitting has also been called the “new smoking” because a prolonged sedentary lifestyle has been linked to increase occurrence of heart disease, obesity, cancer, and other detrimental diseases.

The amazing thing about our Adventure Fun Day yesterday…not once did my nephews ask for their iPad.

The whole point here…one day of avoiding text next is not enough!

As a public awareness message, restrict your child’s use of handheld, electronic media devices to one to two hours A WEEK. Yes, A WEEK. And have them be more engaged in other activities that get’s their body and muscles in motion.

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By: Dr. Walter Salubro
Maple’s Family Wellness Chiropractor

Dr. Walter Salubro_1Dr. Walter Salubro is a family wellness chiropractor who has been serving the Maple and Vaughan community for over 13 years.
Dr. Salubro provides chiropractic care to people all age groups. He has completed many post-graduate courses in techniques applicable to both children and adults. In addition to offering specific spinal adjustments and posture corrective techniques,
Dr. Salubro offers an extensive line-up of health and wellness workshops, exercise classes and a run-walk club to his patients.

Dr. Salubro is a fitness enthusiast and an avid runner, having completed four half-marathons, a 30k road race and three marathons. Whether it is in his day-to-day interactions with his patients or through one of his health classes, Dr. Salubro motivates people to be the best they can be, the healthiest they can be and the happiest they can be so they can fulfill the life of their vision and dreams.

Dr. Walter Salubro is dedicated to providing the highest quality chiropractic care for all of his patients. He is a 1999 graduate of the National College of Chiropractic and certified from the Academy of Chiropractic Family Practice and the Council on Chiropractic Pediatrics (C.A.C.C.P.). Dr. Walter Salubro is Webster Technique Certified, certified and recognized by the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association (ICPA). Dr. Salubro caters to the specialized care of infants and pregnant mothers.

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