Spending long hours on your mobile phones is not only bad for your eyes and fingers but also your neck. Apart from that it affects your spine and is also running your posture. New study published in Surgical Technology International, by Dr Kenneth Hansraj, explained that the amount of strain your spines experience is different at degree angles of our head bending forward.
On an average a human head weighs up to 10 to 12 pounds, in an upright position, which is defined as zero degree bend. But it becomes heavier when bent forward, putting that much strain on your neck and spine. At 15 degrees forward your spine is experiencing 27 pounds of force, and by 60 degrees it’s feeling a full 60 pounds. If this weight is regularly put on your neck then it can lead to serious degeneration of neck bones and in extreme case might even require corrective surgeries.
The study was done by using a computer designed model of human neck and spine. It took into account that adults usually spend 2- 4 hours looking down on their phones daily on an average. If we elaborate and calculate that time for a year, then it shows that we could be exerting anywhere between 700 and 1400 hours of extra pressure on our necks and spines.
Dr Hansraj, who is the chief of spine surgery at New York Spine Surgery and Rehabilitation Medicine, pointed out that, “While it is nearly impossible to avoid the technologies that cause these issues, the individuals should make an effort to look at their phones with a neutral spine and to avoid spending hours each day hunched over.”
Therefore the solution to this is not avoiding your phone, but making a habit of looking at in a straighter position, with your neck upright. Experts have been warning people for some time now, adding that for every inch the head tilts forward, the pressure on the spine doubles.
Tom DiAngelis, president of the American Physical Therapy Association‘s Private Practice Section, agreed on the findings adding, “The effect of texting is similar to bending a finger all the way back and holding it there for about an hour.”