We spend hours throughout the day with mobile phones, but this behavior is associated with low-back and neck pain, poor posture and even hernia.Follow these recommendations to protect spinal health while using mobile phones or tablets.
Ever since mobile devices like phones and tablets came into our lives, the duration of pressure on our musculoskeletal systems has increased. This causes cervical and lumbar hernia, pain that causes discomfort, poor posture and nerve entrapments. Most of us spend 2 to 4 hours on average every day bending our heads forward to manage mail, message or social media traffic with our mobile phones. In other word, we add an extra stress of 700 to 1400 hours per year on our cervical spinal column. This figure increases up to approximately 5 thousand hours in high school students. Our spinal column is, in fact, not an appropriate structure to stay at same position for prolonged times.
It is known that the load on our cervical spine is approximately 4.5 to 5 kg when we keep our head in healthy optimal angle, called the neutral position. When the head is static or bended forward, neck muscles, peripheral tendons and ligaments support the head. Studies reveal out that when the neck is flexed by 15 degrees, the load on the neck is 12.25 kg and the figures are 18 kg and 22 kg at 30 degrees and 45 degrees, respectively. This type of a stress that is repeated in time can lead to early degeneration and associating disorders in the neck.
In addition to general injuries resulting from overuse and poor posture, use of mobile phones during activities that require maximal attention such as driving or walking (especially on uneven surfaces) brings about the risk of acute injuries. It is, therefore, very critical to be aware of these risks, take healthy steps to prevent potential injuries and take safety measures.
Ideal posture has positive effects on general body health and mood in addition to the spinal health. Studies demonstrate that correct posture affects serotonin levels positively.
Recommendations that will contribute to ergonomic use of mobile phones are as follows:
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