Ah, the smartphone. Entertainment and communication are now always at hand. But now it’s more frightening for me to go to crowded places like a shopping mall, because of all the “text neck” I see. Take a look, especially at the teenagers, and you will see how common this anterior head syndrome has become. A spinal surgeon breaks it down for us:
- The average person spends 2 to 4 hours per day interacting with their smartphone’s tiny screen.
- Your head weights 10-12 pounds, as much as a bowling ball.
- For every degree your head is bent forward and downward, you add a pound of pressure to your cervical spine (neck).
- A lot of us bend 45-60 degrees when we are intently watching something about Avengers: Age of Ultron on Tumblr (okay, that’s just me).
But seriously, don’t do this for 2-4 hours a day!
Good posture means good health:
- Less back pain and neck pain
- Fewer headaches
- Higher testosterone (sex hormone)
- Higher serotonin (multitasking, mood-enhancing hormone)
- Lower cortisol (stress hormone)