November 23, 2015. New York, NY. Selfie sticks have been hailed throughout 2015 as a must have travel accessory for vacations. Now it turns out that Selfie On A Stick selfie sticks may save susceptible holiday travelers who stare down at their smart phone from the health consequences of text neck.
According to various articles on the topic, text neck refers to injuries and pain from staring down at your phone for too long. Frequent travelers can easily spot people hunched over staring down at their smartphones while they wait to board planes, trains, and busses across the country. Symptoms of text neck include chronic headaches, dizziness, and back pain. Selfie On A Stick recently worked with New York City chiropractor Dr. Douglas Fredman (http://www.kurachiropractic.com) to better understand the symptoms and consequences that text neck may have on spinal health and how a selfie stick could help prevent text neck.
“Staring down at your phone changes the natural curve of your spine,” Dr. Fredman says. “That natural curve is what keeps you from being a hunched over old person. Instead of maintaining that healthy curve, constantly looking down at your phone is deforming your spine and creating a huge amount of pressure on your spine. It’s changing the center of gravity and can cause headaches, neck pain, dizziness, as well as create a lot of muscular weakness that can lead to arthritis.”
Dr. Fredman says, “With the selfie stick, there’s no shrugging and no looking downward. I liked the idea of a selfie stick for reading and I see much greater benefits than just for pictures.” Certain smartphones have a “smart scroll” feature that allows users to scroll by slightly tilting the device, which can be done while the phone is secured in a Selfie On A Stick, available at http://www.selfieonastick.com. Dr. Fredman continues “I strongly endorse using a selfie stick when staring at your screen for a long period of time or reviewing things on your device.”
Parents of teenagers and younger children may recognize some of these symptoms in their own kids, particularly after a long trip to see extended family this Thanksgiving. As Dr. Fredman warns, “Right now adolescents are the group I’m most worried about primarily because before puberty the bones aren’t even fully fused yet. The patterns we develop when we’re children are the ones that can take us into adulthood.”
So when kids are reading or going through Instagram, SnapChat, Vine, or Facebook during those long holiday road trips, Selfie On A Stick encourages everyone to use a selfie stick. Dr. Fredman notes “People don’t usually have a computer on our knees because it’s at eye level. That’s what everyone should be mimicking.”