Are we messing with Charles Darwin’s Theory of Evolution? Text-Neck and its impact on mobile users with Dr. Dean Fishman

We’ve all heard of thumb (originally BlackBerry thumb), and I’m guessing because you are involved in mobile that you’ve experienced cramps in your hands from excess smartphone use at some point in your life but have you really thought about the impact these devices are having on our posture and what that means for our long-term health?

No? Good thing Dr. Dean Fishman and his Text Neck Institute have your best interest in mind. Noticing an alarming trend in posture related instances in youth involving excessive strain on the spine from looking in a forward and downward position at any hand held mobile device. This type of pressure may cause headaches, neck pain, shoulder and arm pain, breathing compromise, and much more.

To combat this, Dr. Fishman is leveraging the very technology that is causing the condition with a mobile application that alarms you when you are putting too much strain on your spine. It’s innovative and important and entrepreneurial to boot!


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About Dr. Dean Fishman
Dean Fishman

Dr. Dean L. Fishman is the founder/pioneer of a condition known as Text Neck™. He has conducted many case studies uncovering treatment techniques for the quickest and best response. This is new technique is for hand held mobile device repetitive stress related injuries.

Dr. Fishman received his Doctor of Chiropractic degree from Life University School of Chiropractic and his Bachelor of Science degree from The University of Florida (Exercise and Sports Sciences.) He received additional training in physical therapy at Emory Sports Medicine and Spine Center in Atlanta, Georgia. Post graduate training includes Active Release Techniques, Soft Tissue Management of the Upper Extremities. Dr.Fishman has been in practice serving patients in the South Florida tri-county area since 1997.

About the author

Rob Woodbridge

I'm Rob, the founder of and I've spent 14 years immersed in the mobile and pervasive computing world. During this great time I've helped some of the most innovative companies grow their business through mobile. If you are in need of a mobile business advisor or coach, connect with me here to get things rolling.

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  • I think people bend forward to read books differently than they do to look at their cell phones. When you're texting you want a certain level of privacy so you keep your cell right in your lap. Reading a book you would hold it a bit higher.

  • robwoodbridge

    That's true! The scary thing is that people spend more time texting than reading 🙂

  • This is a pretty cool app! 🙂 Kudos to him for taking his practice and knowledge to this platform 🙂

  • robwoodbridge

    Totally agree! Shows that almost anything can be brought on to the phone and into the mobile/wireless world.

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