New Study Reveals Bad Smartphone Posture Leads to Back Pain
Who would’ve thought doing something so simple and seemingly insignificant could result in terrible health problems? We’re talking about the way you look at your smartphone and almost everyone is doing it—so you’re not alone.
According to a recent article on CBS News
, the chief of spine surgery at New York Spine Surgery and Rehabilitation Medicine, Dr. Kenneth Hansraj, found that bending your head at a 60 degree angle to get a better look at your selfie is putting 60 pounds’ worth of pressure on your cervical spine.
We’re designed to stand upright but in a social media savvy world, we spend 2 to 4 hours a day on average with our neck bent at an unnatural angle while sending text messages and emails. Talk about bad smartphone posture! Even tilting your head 15 degrees puts 27 pounds of pressure on your spine.
Bad posture also leads to a bevy of other issues such as headaches, depression, constipation, and heart disease. According to the article, constant slouching is likely to cause a lot of chronic pain.
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