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""For as long as I can remember, my mother has badgered me about my posture.
She did everything she could to try straighten me out as a young adult. There were the posture-correcting ballet classes, the personal trainer, the physical therapy. But all the pestering and pirouetting couldn't fight the forces of screen strain: the spine-crushing laptop and the neck-protruding smartphone.
The result? My posture is simply horrendous, borderline-gargoyle awful and I'm stuck with chronic back and neck pain.
My hunched shoulders and I are not alone. According to the University of Maryland Medical Center, about 60% to 80% of the adult US population suffers from low back pain, making it the second most common reason people go to the doctor.
According to New York-based posture coach, Lindsey Newitter, poor posture can cause serious back pain: "Your head is heavy, it weighs 10 to 12 pounds. A lot of us, when we are looking at our screens, our eyes strain and then our neck strains and it pulls our heads down into our spines. It's what we call head forward posture. The farther away your head gets from your center with that downward pressure, the more intense the pressure actually is. It's a lot of weight compressing your spine."