A recent study has revealed that the average person spends 90 minutes a day on their phone. Other studies show that cell phone users look at their devices an average of 81 times a day! These figures may not sound like a lot but that amounts up to 23 days a year and 3.9 years of the average person’s life is spent staring at their phone screen. Is it any wonder that more people are experiencing neck pain that isn’t caused by a car accident or other injury?
Time spent looking at your phone is also time spent negatively affecting your posture, and spinal health. The average human head weighs 10-12 pounds. As the head tilts or angles forward, the cervical spine’s (neck) muscles, tendons, and ligaments support the head during movement and when static; such as holding the head in a forward tilted position. Even the neck’s inter-vertebral discs are involved and help absorb and distribute the forces exerted on the neck. A 15 degree forward tilt, the kind most commonly seen by a person using a cell phone or other electronic device, may equate to the head weighing 27 pounds. The greater the angle of tilt, the great the strain placed on the cervical structure of the body.
At North Atlanta Chiropractic Center, we see patients who are experiencing neck pain for many reasons. Sometimes, the reason is not apparent to the patient. During the examination consultation, our chiropractors talk about the negative affects of time spent on electronic devices like cell phones, tablets and even desk tops. Our chiropractors offer treatment for the pain, like use of the Posture Pump. Come in to see what using a Posture Pump can do to relieve your pain, restore a healthy cervical curve and reduce and correct forward head/neck caused by time spent on cellular devices, laptops and desktops.
We all rely on this technology; it is important to our business and social lives. We need to seek proper chiropractic treatment to combat the negative physical affects of using these devices.