Is Your Cell Phone Use Affecting Your Spine?
You may be wondering what exactly posting instagram pictures and texting your friends can possibly have to do with your spine – but rest assured, there is a significant relationship between the two. The use of cell phones and tablets has transformed our lives, making us available 24/7 and giving us access to an excess of resources right at our fingertips. But have you ever stopped to think what your cell phone use is doing to your spine?
When we use our cell phones, tablets and laptops we naturally bend our necks down. Chances are, you are reading this right now with your head facing down and tilted forward. Whether you are aware of it or not, you are stretching your spine in an unnatural position for long periods of time. The constant use of mobile devices can lead to neck pain, shoulder pain, headaches and back pain. Some doctors have gone as far as naming this condition, “Text Neck”.
Normally, your head positioned on your shoulders in a neutral position weighs about 10 pounds on your shoulders. When titled forward while using a mobile device, the pressure on your neck increases significantly to the equivalent of about 20 to 30 pounds. This unnatural positioning of the head can lead to strains of the muscles, issues with the discs in your spine and even pinched nerves.
The issues caused by overuse of mobile devices affects everyone, not just teenagers. While adults might not be posting selfies on Instagram quite as frequently, you most likely are checking your e-mail and your calendar more than you’d like to admit.
So what can you do to avoid spine issues later in life? Be conscious of the position of your head, neck, shoulders and back while on your phones, tablets or computers. Slouching is a big cause for concern but if you are aware of it, spine issues can be avoided.
If you are experiencing neck pain, shoulder pain or back pain, contact us at Sarrica Physical Therapy & Wellness Center in Brooklyn and Manhattan to find out how we can help you alleviate your pain.