Do you know that your habit of texting is affecting your spine?
Today’s modern world has made us a slave of technology. Our mornings start with checking out our cell phones for any news and updates on social media. We keep checking it throughout the day for something new or to pass our time.
We have gone far enough to text and chat on the phone waiting for buses, trains and taxis. We have developed the habit for checking this while walking also, hitting and colliding with things and people. But what we don’t realize is that texting is affecting our bodies and one special organ of the body.
Read on in order to find which body part and how?
1 Texting- Are we building words or building up a health issue?
Texting or chatting has become the bane of our existence. We have gotten so used to using our cell phones throughout the day that we have lost track of anything else we do. We have also started picking up fights on been hit or colliding with people while texting.
The technology has change so much in last 10 years or so, when a phone with touch screen and built in internet connectivity was only a thing of fiction and imagination. But, now we keep texting and chatting with people or are just engrossed in our smartphones and this can have some serious health problems in the long run.
2 How important is Spine?
The human spine is perhaps the second most important thing that we require to keep ourselves alive. The spine consists of 24 vertebrae and 9 fused vertebrae in the sacrum and coccyx. The spine engulfs the spinal cord, which is the part of central nervous system that gives information to nerves and gets information from the peripheral nervous system.
Usually the spine is supposed to be straight, but due to our inclination of walking with a certain curve and then the effects of new technology, it is becoming one of the banes of our health. Read to find out how.
3 Effects of Texting
The way we hold our cell phone and the time we use it to chat and text people has begun to take a toll on our health. And especially it has been affecting our spine. It might be a scary thought, but when you are lowering your head, you are unknowingly putting a huge amount of pressure on your neck. You may find that you may require some form of spine surgery one day if you are bad for this issue. Thankfully, dr. Rovner offers lumbar spine surgery in NJ that could be of great help to many avid texters.
The pressure is equivalent to that of an 8 year old sitting on your neck, while you text away or equal to 60 lbs. of weight, which is endured by your neck as you text or browse the internet on your cell phone. A New York-based spine surgeon Kenneth Hansraj said, “It is an epidemic. Or, at least, it’s very common”.
He was referring to something called as “Text-neck,” a condition of spine that is closely related to the posture of the spine, as a person bends forward to look at a phone.
4 The research on this “Text-neck”
Dr. Kenneth Hansraj published an article in the surgical journal by the name of Surgical Technology International. The article went viral after it was published in newspapers and websites like the Chicago Tribune, NPR, Business Insider, NBC, Yahoo, Buzzfeed and many others. Dr. Kenneth Hansraj is the Chief of Spinal Surgery at New York Spine Surgery and Rehabilitation Medicine.
His article mentions that the best posture is when your ears are aligned with the shoulders and your shoulder blades back. This is the best posture in which your spine is not under any kind of pressure. The posture also helps in reducing stress and decreasing cortisol. Whereas poor posture, like the one where you hold your phones while texting can lead to severe wear and tear of your spine and can also lead to surgery in the future.
5 Solution and the recommended way to hold the phone
There is a solution to your bad spine issues. Next time when you hold your phone, try holding it straight in front of your eyes. Do not bend in order to look at your phone or tablet. Instead place the phone or the tablet at a 30 degree angle when you are typing on it or using it, as this angle is perfect for protecting your wrists.
If you are reading, place it at the right angle (90 degrees) and stretch your neck back to correct the posture.