Everyone does it.
For some it's the first thing they look at when they open their eyes, for others, it's a work thing, and a quick way to stay in touch with family & friends.
So it's harmless...right?
Well...not so fast!
These repeated downward head motions could be putting you at an increased risk of experiencing:
Wear & tear of the spine
Did you know that the human head weighs around 10 to 12 pounds on average!
At a 15-degree tilt of your head, you increase the weight of your head to 27 pounds!
Overtime, this slouching forward can increase the wear and tear of your spine, which can lead to spinal degeneration and spinal misalignment. If you spend long periods using handheld devices, you may be putting yourself at risk of:
Difficulty in turning your head
Early arthritis onset
10 TIPS TO HELP MINIMIZE THE RISK
Limit the time on your handheld devices.
Strengthen your core. Strong core muscles can help support the upper body & neck.
Do wall angels several times a week. Kind of like snow angels but you do them standing up against a wall. This will help strengthen your shoulders.
Keep your cell phone at eye level.
Move your eyes downward to read your screen.
Keep your shoulders pulled back and away from your ears.
Take frequent breaks and walks.
Exercise & stretch
Go for a walk
Take some time off and go for a massage
Keep these tips in mind the next time you are holding your iPad or Smartphone.
Follow these steps to stay aware of your posture ;)
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