Thomastown Physiotherapy 3 Highlands Road Thomastown Vic 3074Tel. 03 9465 0282 firstname.lastname@example.org General Physiotherapy Paediatric Physiotherapy
Technology and Children
May 18, 2021 | Thomastown Physio
Ninety-two percent of Australian children aged 5-14 years use information and communication technologies including computers, tablets & smartphones, with increased use correlated with higher age. 87% of boys and 80% of girls regularly participate in electronic screen-based activities.
Because of this increased usage especially with hand-held devices, Physiotherapists are treating more young patients suffering from unhealthy screen behaviours, which can include frequent and long durations of exposure, awkward postures due to inappropriate furniture and workstation layout, and ignoring screen-related discomfort. Many children are already suffering from repetitive motion injuries such as carpal tunnel syndrome and chronic pain in the hands, back, neck and shoulders.
Emphasis needs to be placed on teaching children how to properly use computer workstations & how to maintain better posture when using hand-held devices. Poor hand-held screen habits and computer workstations that don't fit a child's body during the developing years can have harmful physical effects that can last a lifetime. Parents need to be just as concerned about their children's interaction with their computer workstations & hand-held devices as they are with any activities that may affect their children's long-term health.
To reduce the possibility of your child suffering painful and possibly disabling injuries, Physiotherapists suggest the following tips:
Be a Good Role Model. You are the most important influence on your child. You can do many things to help your children develop healthy eating habits for life. Offering a variety of foods helps children get the nutrients they need from every food group. They will also be more likely to try new foods and to like more foods. When children develop a taste for many types of foods, it’s easier to plan family meals. Cook together, eat together, talk together, and make mealtime a family time!
Stretch of the Month
- Start on all fours with the spine and neck in a neutral position. The back should be flat like a tabletop. Eyes should look straight down to the ground.
- Inhale, drop the belly down and slowly lift the neck and head up. This is the cow half of the pose—picture a cow's swayed back with bony hips.
- Next, on an exhale, lift the belly and spine so the back is arched like a cat's. Eyes look toward the belly button.
- Alternate 5 to 10 cat-cow stretches, then return to the neutral hands-and-knees position.