The number of mobile phone users around the world is expected to exceed 5 billion this year. Mobile phones are now generally seen as being essential to our daily lives. Most of us hunch over our Smartphone for at least two hours a day.
This can effectively increase the weight of your head by up to 59.52 lbs, damage your posture.
Typically people tilt their neck forward 45 degrees when sending texts. This places a weight of almost 48 lbs on the spine, cervical ligaments and other muscles; this is five times the pressure considered normal.
According to the researchers at Harvard Medical Health, 7 out of 10 people will experience neck aches at some point in their lives. When Smartphone users read or write text messages, they typically bend or twist their neck sideways and these bad postures put uneven pressure on the soft tissues around the spine, which can lead to pain and discomfort
Try these exercises at home to release some neck pain.
Sit straight with your shoulders back and your head up. Place your finger under your chin. Pull your head back like you’re trying to push your chin into the back of your head. Repeat this stretch ten times and aim for three sets.
Stretch Your Chest
Stand in a doorway with your hands on the door frame and your elbows slightly below your shoulders. Next, push your chest forward and hold for 15-20 seconds. Do this four times. This simple stretch will open up the chest and shoulder muscles that tighten from slouching. If this position is uncomfortable, you can modify the stretch by lowering your hands.
Most importantly, be aware of how you’re holding your head throughout the day and stand tall!
Regular chiropractic care can resolve several problems that may be preventing you from getting the sleep you need. For more information on how chiropractic care can improve your quality of sleep, contact Gibson Chiropractic today.