One of the things that is becoming more apparent, both within Sandford Chiropractic Bridgend, and indeed in the world at large is the impact that technological devices are having on our bodies.
Postures seem to be deteriorating in young people at an astonishing speed. The most obvious trait of somebody with “tech neck” is the noticeable forward head carriage. According to the book Physiology of the Joints Volume 3. “For every inch, or 2.54 cm your head moves forward. It gains the equivalent of 10lbs or 4.5kg of weight” as gravity is able to exert greater force on your head due to it being off your center of gravity.
To put that into perspective, that’s like having a rather heavy newborn baby strapped to your head… Permanently. I use a newborn baby as a description, because most of us have held a newborn baby whether it be our own or a close friend or family member, that baby soon gets pretty heavy, pretty quick. Then, we want to hand the baby back, or put it down. Sadly, our head is not so conveniently removable.
So what’s causing this? The answer is being stationary for long periods in poor posture caused by:
- Mobile phones.
- Games consoles.
- Lack of self awareness
As your head moves forward it applies leverage on the rest of your spine and muscles, the results of that leverage are typically in the order of:
- Further postural deformity as your upper back begins to hump.
- Deteriorating health
- Some studies are even suggest early onset of arthritis in the neck
So what can be done to minimise the impact?
- Remain conscious of your posture when using these devices.
- Sit at your Desktop or Laptop in good posture. (Check Sandford Chiropractic Bridgend in a few days for that guide!)
- Keep your head up, and directly over your body. Let the muscles and vertebrae have a break.
- Reasonably regular chiropractic care.
- Take breaks regularly.
Jeremy Clarkson once put it in his own brand of wit… “Speed never killed anyone, suddenly becoming stationary that’s what gets you.”
He’s got a point, movement is life! And besides, the Earth already has four legged camels it doesn’t need a few billion two legged camels. So walk tall, and keep that neck and shoulders back and keep moving and stay healthy!