Do you remember when studies were first released stating that cell phones are linked to causing radiation-induced cancer? Well, it seems that smartphones may be putting you at yet another risk, back problems.
Chronic screen-staring could be adding up to 60 pounds of force to your spine – depending if you’re an eye-shifter or all-out huncher when reading and scrolling. Our muscles in our necks, upper backs, and our shoulders are being strained to accommodate for this position. When you tilt your head forward it pulls on your spine in a way that your spine isn't meant to be pulled on so frequently. As your head is tilted in the forward direction the forces seen by the neck surges to 27 pounds at 15 degrees, 49 pounds at 45 degrees and 60 pounds at 60 degrees.
A study conducted by the American Public Health Association a couple of years ago reported that neck and shoulder pain reported by college students can be attributed to their cell phone habits. It now seems that this study is also pertinent with office workers who've spent most of their time at a computer; which is ultimately identical to the position the body is positioned for texting. Over time, the added stress could deteriorate the back and neck muscles to the point of needing surgery. Try these tips of correct your poor posture to correct your “text neck”:
- Hold the phone at eye level
- Move your eyes, not your whole head
- Stretch your neck
- Do shoulder squeezes
Being aware of your posture is the first step to correcting it. The next time you’re typing away at your phone be aware of your posture!