Smartphones have taken over our lives and we can’t imagine life without them. However, based on new research and health information, it’s important to be smarter than ever about smartphone use.
Many 100 Year Lifestyle Affiliate doctors are discovering long-term smartphone usage is having a detrimental effect on the health of their patients’ spine and nervous system, leading to many types of pain syndromes and health problems. The nerves in the neck directly or indirectly supply vital messages to the muscles of the head and neck, as well as all organs and glands of the body. If those messages are altered due to compression, the symptoms can be mild to non-existent initially, but then come on like a freight train when you least expect it.
Research out of the Center for Musculoskeletal Research in Sweden found that 90 percent of participants held their head in a flexed position when texting or playing games on their smartphones. According to research by Dr. Ken Hansraj, the head, which normally weighs around 10 pounds, can exert a force of up to 60 pounds on the neck when it’s tilted forward at an angle of 60 degrees. This repetitive, chronic stress can cause new alignment issues in the spine as well as aggravate pre-existing ones.
Instead of wedging your phone between your head and shoulder, which can make problems even worse, connect it to a headset or other hands-free device and when suitable, use the speaker phone setting. Better yet, arrange a face-to-face or webcam connection to communicate.
If you believe your or a loved one’s cell phone usage is affecting your or their health, please contact us for a complimentary consultation as we’re here to help. Computerized Spinal Therapy may be able to alleviate symptoms of improper use or overuse of smartphones.
Dr. Ajay K Sawhney at Divine Spine has a Chiropractic Doctorate with a Master’s of Science in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine