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The negative effects of smartphones on our spines

The negative effects of smartphones on our spines

Smartphones are becoming increasingly more popular. Millions of Americans rely on their smartphones to do all manner of tasks for them. 64% of Americans now have a smartphone. Although they make some parts of our lives much easier, they also have some negative effects. For example, smartphones cause problems to our necks and often cause neck pain. The main problem is that most people hold their phones in front of their bodies and not in front of their faces when they’re using them. Standing hunched over your phone means that your neck is not in an ergonomically sound position and repeated long-term use of a phone like this is likely to induce neck pain.

Looking down at your smartphone exerts a large amount of pressure onto your neck. A lot of people are hunched over their phones for long periods during the day and this can lead to degenerative issues.

Prevention of Neck Pain

There are a few ways in which we can prevent this from happening to us. Be aware of your posture. If you want to avoid neck pain you should simply align your phone with the front of your face. This may attract some odd looks however it’s definitely preferable to having neck pain! Take a look up from your phone every few minutes to ensure it’s not in the same position for too long. Give your neck and back some time to relax and relieve the pressure from your neck. Another way to reduce neck pain is to practice stretching. If you enjoy watching sports you’ll know that players always warm-up before a game. Likewise,  if your body parts are loose, then you’re less likely to create a crick in your neck. Roll your shoulders and stretch your neck. This should prevent you getting any back pain.

Finally, if the neck pain is too severe and you’re a frequent mobile phone user you should consider making an appointment with a professional chiropractor. At the meeting, you should definitely mention that you’re on your phone a lot and you have a sneaking suspicion that the two may be linked. You may only require a few simple treatments to ensure full and proper use of your neck again. Neck pain from the overuse of phones is often treated with a simple adjustment or re- alignment.

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