Each day we are hearing more and more about the dangers of texting. While we are becoming highly sensitized to the impact of texting while driving, what we are just beginning to discover is the impact texting has on our bodies when we spend numerous hours each day looking down at our phones.
While holding a Smartphone in your hand is easy and seems rather harmless, the minute we look down at our screens, we are impacting our cervical spine. To help you better understand what looking down means to your neck, here are 5 hefty reasons to stop looking down so much…
Reason #1: When looking down just 15 degrees, the force on your cervical spine is equal to having 27 pounds hanging from your neck. To get a sense of this weight, imagine carrying two 14 pound bowling balls from this sensitive part of your body.
Reason #2: Shifting your head slightly lower to a 30 degree angle moves that weight from 27 pounds to 40 pounds. This weight compares to holding a bag of top soil with just your neck.
Reason #3: Looking down just a little further, at a 45 degree angle, the weight increases to 49 pounds, comparable to SIX GALLONS of water pulling your head down.
Reason #4: At a 60 degree angle, the most common position most of us use when reading or texting on our phones, this weight moves up to 60 pounds of pressure on our cervical spine!
Reason #5: Though it may not seem plausible, a study conducted by Surgical Technology International and published by The Washington Post, showed that most of us spend an average of 26 HOURS A WEEK on our phones, looking down!
So how do you counteract the impact?
Look down with your eyes, don’t bend your head, and remember how hefty the price could be for not understanding how convenient technology can lead to less than ideal physical conditions.
Be smart with your Smartphone. Look up for YOUR physical wellness!!!