Teenagers, technology, and terrible posture

Teenagers, technology, and terrible posture



Teenagers and technology are a perfect storm for a lifetime of back and neck pain. Contributing factors include:

  • Excessive screen time and device use leads to muscle fatigue and neck, shoulders, and back stiffness.
  • A Sedentary lifestyle weakens the muscles supporting the spine and contributes to back problems.
  • Heavy backpacks strain the back muscles and spine.
  • Poor ergonomics strains the neck muscles, and places undue stress on the cervical spine.
  • Lack of awareness of the importance of maintaining good posture while using devices.


Technology brings many benefits, but teenagers must be mindful of their device use habits and prioritize physical well-being. Parents and caregivers can encourage breaks from screens, promote good posture, incorporate regular physical activity, and help arrange ergonomic solutions for their teens.


To help alleviate and prevent back problems in teenagers:

  • Encourage good posture
  • Encourage screen time breaks
  • Ergonomic setups
  • Proper backpack use
  • Strengthening exercises for the core and back muscles
  • Get a checkup for persistent or worsening back or neck complaints from a physical therapist, chiropractor, or healthcare provider specializing in musculoskeletal issues.

Small changes can mitigate the risk of back and neck problems. By addressing these factors and promoting healthy habits, teenagers can reduce their risk of developing long-term back issues associated with technology use.


By Dr. Bryen A. Bell, a Board-Certified Chiropractic Physician with over 20 years of professional experience. Contact Dr. Bell at True Potential Chiropractic family care facility. Call 503-574-4872 or visit tpcportland.com.