This Is What Looking Down At Your Cell Phone Does To Your Spine
Our cell phones and tablets have transformed the way we hold our bodies-and not for the better. Looking down at your device is like having a 60-pound weight on your neck, according to a spine surgeon.
The scary part is how the technology is affecting our habits and our health. Can you believe that holding down your device can be like having an eight-year old sitting on your head while you are standing?
Checkout the burden of staring at a smartphone and few tips on next two pages..
#2. The Burden of staring at a smartphone
Dr. Kenneth K. Hansraj, chief of spinal surgery at New York Spine Surgery & Rehabilitation Medicine, developed the virtual model above. It turns out that moving your head forward and having that amount of force on your neck and spine isn't good for your health-and the average person spends two to four hours a day in this position.
Dr. Hansraj's paper, published in the Surgical Technology International journal, notes that good posture is having your ears aligned with the shoulders and your shoulder blades back. This lowers body stress and decreases cortisol. Poor posture, on the other hand, stresses the spine and can lead to early wear, tear, generation, and maybe surgery.
#1. Few Tips
Here are the tips for avoiding neck pain when using your smartphone:
- You don't have to necessarily bring your device up to eye level. Your eyes have a range of motion, which allows you to look down at your phone without tilting your head.
- To keep the joints in your neck limber, move your head from left to right several times and touch your ear to your shoulder on both sides.
- Another simple exercise is to place your hands on your head to provide some resistance as you push your head forward, and do the same as your push your head back. This strengthens the ligaments and muscles that support your neck.
- Finally, when standing in a doorway, extend your arms and push your chest forward. This stretches and strengthens "the muscles of good posture."
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