Did you know that the average Australian spends approximately two and a half hours on their mobile phone every day?
If you don’t think that includes you, think about how many times you reach for it to check the time, only to quickly browse through your
emails as well. Or how about that quick tap on the screen multiple times a day to see whether anyone has been in touch? The time all adds up, and while smartphones have added an incredible amount of convenience to our lives, they may also be contributing to spinal troubles.
According to a recent article published in Surgical Technology International, a substantial strain is put on the neck every time you tilt your head forward to check your mobile device. Tilting the head forward by just 15 degrees can put a strain of up to 12 kilograms on the neck. At 30 degrees, that load equates to 18 kg, and at 60 degrees the neck must withstand a whopping 27 kg. In other words: the greater the angle, the more intense the strain. Over time, it’s no wonder that this can result in injury.
By breaking the habit of phone-checking, and maintaining correct posture when engaging in screen time, it is possible to significantly reduce stress on the spine. According to the article, good posture not only has the potential to prevent neck and back pain but may also be beneficial for overall health and mood.
To reduce the likelihood of screen time negatively affecting your posture, a few simple tips can be followed. These include raising your phone to your face rather than tilting the head down, being conscious about posture and keeping your neck straight, and storing your phone in your bag to limit screen time. If you are already suffering from neck or back problems, you can visit a chiropractor for advice and/or treatment.
They can offer treatment options and advice on how to implement better posture techniques, not only to improve your current situation but also to minimize the risk of injury in the future.