In an article published in Reuters Health by Carolyn Crist on 4/14/17 it was noted that spine surgeons are noticing an increase in patients with headaches, neck and upper back pain likely related to poor posture from smartphone use.
Every day and throughout the day we encounter individuals who are interacting with their smartphones or tablets. What is particularly notable about these individuals is their posture. Typically the head is flexed forward with the chin almost touching their chest and their upper back and shoulders are “hunched” forward.
Normally in a neutral posture, sitting or standing upright while facing forward, the head weighs between 10-12 lbs. When the head is flexed forward 15 degrees, it functions as if it weighs 27 lbs. In general, each inch of forward flexion of the head, will increase the functioning weight of the head by 10 lbs. It is common now for laptop and smartphone users to be in this posture for hours per day. This can result in a reversal of the normal curvature of the neck, causing strain on the muscles of the neck and upper back.
In order to undo the damage from chronic poor posture it is recommended to take regular breaks, do yoga stretches, strengthen the muscles of the upper back and neck and see a Chiropractor for treatment and information on how to improve your posture.
If you have questions, give us a call at Fremont Back & Neck Pain Relief: (510) 438-9211.