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Can smart phones mess up your posture?

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All that slouching over smart phones may be taking its toll. Has this generation developed iPosture?

Yes, said physical therapist Shara Arnofsky of Core Strength PT.

"We are so glued to our smart phones all the time, you see people looking down, that type of forward head posture is going to cause all sorts of neck strain and eye strain and hand and wrist issues," Arnofsky said.

A new survey by a British healthcare provider suggested 84 percent of young people suffered back pain last year, losing more work time than their parents' generation.

"What happens is your chest gets tight and your back gets weak because it's over stretched," Arnofsky said. "So we need to strengthen the back and stretch out the front."

So if screen time is turning you into a hunch back at least there are exercises you can do to straighten out. But you'll have to put down your phone first.

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