Much of the world has drastically changed since the invention of cell phones. Everything that you could possibly need to communicate with friends and family and interact with the world sits right in the palm of your hand. There are apps you can use for everything from news to games to photography and everything in between. All of these factors lead to one of the most life-changing devices seen in recent years, and the improvements keep on coming. So what could be wrong with these convenient mobile devices that have become essential to our day-to-day lives?
Check Your Posture
There’s no denying that there are many wonderful things about cell phones, but they do come with negative consequences. The more we use cell phones, the worse our posture seems to get, which causes musculoskeletal health to suffer. When you are commuting to work or perusing the aisles at the grocery store, what do you notice? There are countless people hunched over their phones with a craned neck, ducked head, and rounded shoulders. Or they cradle their phones between their neck and shoulder, straining their neck. This posture has long-term negative impacts on musculoskeletal health. Our neck, shoulders, and spine all work together to bring us the best possible posture, so we it’s important we set our bodies up for success.
When you look down at you cell phone for an extended period of time, it can result in issues for your neck to the point where your neck bones will mold themselves into a curved layout. Eventually, this can cause extreme harm, as the human head is heavier than it looks! That combined with the malformation of the vertebra of the neck can cause muscle weakness and strain, and an inability to hold the head in the proper position.
Correct Your Posture
Part of maintaining proper posture is keeping your head up, chin down, and shoulders back, which creates symmetry in the body. There are several exercises we can suggest to strengthen your back muscles, which will lead to better posture. We can also provide you with additional information and perform spinal adjustments to correct the positioning of your spine.
Completing these exercises along with reducing the amount of time spent on your cell phone can help you improve the overall health of your musculoskeletal system and prevent significant problems from developing. It might not be easy to spend less time on your phone, but with our tips (and even a digital detox), you will be well on your way to maintaining a healthy spine!