Literally it seems that everywhere you turn, people are tied to their cell phones. We live in a day and age that our children, each member of our family, young or old are tied to their cell phones or electrical devices for long periods of time every day, on top off spending several hours on the computer, or gaming systems. We have heard the many public health warnings, yet we all continue to partake in this “addiction” and often feel lost without our cell phone on us at all times. If you stop and look around you, you would notice that a high percentage of the people around are staring at their screens. They are the first thing we check in the morning and have them tethered to us until we fall asleep , and even possibly having it playing music or meditations during the night, while it charges close to your side.
The average person checks their phone 150 times per day, and send 3,000 texts a month. * Not only is there danger from the EMTs (electromagnetic transmissions) that radiate from our phones, it is also linked to some brain cancers, memory loss, disrupted sleep, as well as takes a toll on our neck and spine. People young and old are experiencing the effects that overuse of cell phones to the spine and their posture.
As you might expect, 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. “Text neck” is on the rise. A term coined by US chiropractor Dr Dean L. Fishman, ‘text neck’ refers to overuse, **syndrome or a repetitive stress injury, where you have your head hung forward and down looking at your mobile electronic device for extended periods of time.
“People carry out their lives by text, they get carried away and don’t realise they need a break. ”Text neck” which is the term used to describe the neck pain and damage sustained from looking down at your cell phone, tablet, or other wireless devices too frequently and for too long. It is a matter of time before your body forms a muscle memory and the neck will weigh 3-5 times more due to the angle of the head being forwards. This can cause “head pain, neck pain, arm pain and numbness.” A normal standing position is facing forward and all the curves of your neck and spine are in correct alignment. But when you drop your chin on to your chest for a long period you are stretching the whole structure.” Eventually, in conjunction with a sedentary lifestyle, it could lead to serious consequences.
What we can be mindful of when using our devices are:
- Use voice recognition.
- Make phone calls instead.
- Take regular breaks and alter their texting positions to avoid problems.
- Hold your phone straight in front of your phone at eye level, or look down with your eyes and not your head. This will help reduce the angle of forward head posture, thus reducing the stress on your neck.
- Place your tablet at a 30 degree angle.
- Stretch your neck back to correct a forward neck posture. Perform shoulder rolls throughout the day and correct your posture, practice simple check opening yoga positions such as cat/cow, downwards dog, forward fold.
- Try designating “no phone” periods of the day.
These tips can lower the body stress and decreases cortisol. Poor posture, on the other hand, stresses the spine and can lead to early wear, tear, degeneration, and possible surgery. The rolled in posture of your shoulders and the head down position tricks your body into fight or flight mode, stressing your nervous system and can cause foggy brain. It is of great importance to be mindful of our electronics and practice safe use.
People carry out their lives by text, they get carried away and don’t realise they need a break. Being mindful of our habits will improve our overall health and wellness and the people around you will sure to appreciate the undivided attention.
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Stay Safe and Healthy