Give your spine a break, don’t let it break!
Studies reveal that an average person spends around 23 days in a year and 3.9 years of their entire life on a smartphone.
Smartphones and tablets have become an irresistible part of our daily lives. Though smartphones and tablets have made our lives quick and easy but at the same time they have replaced a plethora of tasks that ensured the movement of our body!
This has resulted in reduced endurance and perseverance among people.
Our body undergoes a number of physical ailments due to the excessive usage of smartphones and tablets which includes headaches, weaker visions, depression, and body aches due to wrong body posture while using phones. This can also transform into a neurological problem as it involves the spinal cord.
The ‘text neck‘
When we look down on our phones, we tilt our necks in opposite directions that exert pressure on the spinal cord,
causing our inter-vertebral disc (small bones forming the backbone) to absorb and distribute the pressure exerted.
An average human head weighs between 4.5 to 5.5 kilograms but according to studies, its weight increases several times more on tilting forward.
The weight of the neck increases to 12 kilograms at a position of 15 degrees and 27 kilograms at 45 degrees.
Now, considering the fact that an average person looks down on his/her smartphone for two to four hours each day at an angle of 45 degrees, makes it a serious health issue to be enlightened.
The term given to this neck ailment is ‘text neck’ which describes the pain caused due to holding your cell phones in a certain posture for too long.
People between the ages of 18 to 25 are more prone to it. A recent study shows that around 79% people of the above-mentioned age group have their phones with them almost all the time.
Symptoms of ‘text neck’
It may occur in the form of shoulder pain causing stiffness in your muscles of the shoulder or an upper back pain which is chronic initially and becomes severe muscles spasms (a sudden muscular movement) late but most commonly it starts with a neck pain and soreness.
How do you prevent it?
- Prevention is better than cure, so it is better to hold your gadgets like smartphones, tablets, laptops etc. at the level of your eyes so as to avoid bending your heads forward.
- Make sure that you take rest for 20-30 minutes while using gadgets and avoid using them in the wrong posture for too long.
- In case of minor aches exercise and yoga can be of great help.
- Consult a physiotherapist if the problem persists of too long.