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How Technology Affects Our Spines

Dr. Hooman Melamed talks about how technology and social media have been contributing to more back problems and what we can do to avoid this, for both adults and children. Dr. Melamed has seen first-hand how technology has adverse effects on the spine. Most people tend to hang their neck when viewing content on their phones, tablets, or computers. The more you flex your neck forward, the more disproportionately weighed your body is. It is detrimental to the neck and spine to press weight forward for long periods of time. Dr. Melamed recommends keeping electronics higher up and at a neutral alignment. This is especially important for growing children whose spines are still remodeling. If a spine does not model properly in childhood, this is something you cannot fix later on.