Our Cell Phones Encourage Bad Posture!

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How important is having good posture?

Good ole' healthy posture is super important in our daily activities. Not only does it look nice when you sit, stand, and walk, but it also helps your body's ligaments and muscles work more efficiently without feeling fatigue and strain. Now, let's look into how hours of daily use on our phones, tablets, and computers affect our musculoskeletal health!

Most people can agree that handheld devices are the most used accessory in our everyday lives. We wake up to the alarms we set the night before on our phones, look at our calendars to see what our day's schedule entails, make phonecalls and text family and friends, organize our work, use social media and web browsing on our down time, and finally set the alarm for the next day, sleep, wake up and repeat! This is the norm for most people, so what are the long term consequences on our bodies due to handheld technology?

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How is cell phone use affecting my body?

Handheld devices tend to subconsciously encourage a certain postural alignment. Our head tends to move forward, our shoulders round, and our back curves just to get us curled over these little digital screens. Moreso, the cervical spine protracts, our thoracic spine goes into kyphosis causing compression on the front vertebrae, we develop a posterior tilt in our hips, and our head feels heavier and creates more strain on the neck muscles!  Eventually, we develop a new posture that changes the natural curvature in our spines, causes more muscular strain, and weakens our muscles.

With weak upper back muscles and poor, misaligned posture, simple things that we've done our entire lives become complicated and painful. Cooking, cleaning, writing notes, typing at work, or even sitting on the couch watching our favorite shows at the end of the night become painful and uncomfortable to do. And as an athlete, your mobility, flexibility, strength and range of motion is decreased, making it harder to compete and prevent injury! The very things that excite us or bring us comfort become strenuous when posture is negatively affected.

How can we correct bad posture?

If you feel like this blog has related to your symptoms in some way, visit our website at www.backtocenterpt.com to book an appointment. We provide one on one physical therapy and yoga therapy for numerous conditions such as kyphosis, lordosis, shoulder injuries, low back pain, neck strain and much more! Don't let your smartphone prevent you from enjoying real life, let us help you get that spine back on track!  

Author
Amari Jackson Student of physical therapy and assistant to Neha Shah, physical therapist and yoga therapist.

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