Cell Phones are Ruining Our Posture

Researchers found that millions of Americans suffer neck strain from looking down at their cellphones frequently. In fact, “text neck” is a real problem that occurs when overusing your phone puts excessive strain on your spine. This can cause injury and increase the risk for premature spinal degeneration.

Your spine supports your head, which weighs about 10 pounds. When you tilt forward to look down at your phone, gravity causes the weight to increase. And pressure on your spine can shoot up to 60 pounds or more—and stay there if you get caught in a long game of Candy Crush.

Preventing Neck Issues

1) Raise your phone closer to eye level.
2) Reply to long emails using a computer. Or make a phone call.
3) Take frequent breaks. This habit offers spine relief and can reduce headaches from eye strain

Neck Exercises

1) To relieve neck tension: Nod your head up and down slowly a few times. Then, holding one arm behind your back, use your opposite hand to gently press your head to one side until you feel the stretch. Repeat on the other side.
2) To counteract poor posture: Hold on to the sides of a doorjamb with both arms at a 90 degree angle. Lean your body forward through the doorway until you feel a gentle stretch across the chest.

Lastly, remember to be aware of your surroundings when walking & texting!!