19 Jul How Your Iphone Can Impact Your Posture
Iphone and how it can impact your posture is an important discussion to have, and that is exactly what we are going to talk about today. Perhaps you haven’t really thought about it before. Such a tiny, light device – how could it really be harmful to posture? Have you ever observed someone looking at their iphone? Perhaps sitting on the train, with their head titled forward, looking down at their phone.
Our necks are happiest in their ‘neutral’ position, with our eyes straight ahead. Now consider the position you are in when you slump in your chair, and tilt your head forward. As you would to look at your iphone in your lap.
Our necks are happiest when they are in their ‘neutral’ position. This is with our eyes straight ahead, and the chin level with the ground. Now consider the position you are in when you slump in your chair, and tilt your head forward. As you would to look at your iphone in your lap. That is a long way from neutral… Just ask your Osteopath!
When our necks are in their neutral position the weight of the head is evenly distributed. This prevents excessive strain on any one part of the neck. Once you take to neck out of this position, the weight of the head will fall more heavily on 1 or 2 joints. Rather that throughout the whole spine.
The further forward you tilt your head, the greater the strain that is placed over fewer number of joints. In order to counteract this, your muscles work over time to hold the neck up, causing tightness and strain in the muscles around the neck. This combination over time can lead to neck pain, headaches, and even damage to the joints in the neck, such as disc herniation, early degeneration and arthritis. These are things your Osteopath can assist with.
You might think that the time you spend in front of your phone is minimal, but if you add it up across the week, and then couple it with the time you spend sitting at your computer or laptop, you will probably find it adds up quickly.
Neck pain and headaches are some of the most common reasons for people visiting the clinic, and a lot of the time it is preventable.