That's a lot! And I think you get the point.Accidentally leaving your cell phone at home these days can feel like you've left the house without putting your pants on. In fact, the cell phone has gone from a convenience to a necessity for many. (2) Let's take a walk. You wander past a row of offices at work, then cross the street past cars waiting at a red light, and stroll through the mall or downtown market. If you really stop to look around, you'll probably notice a consistent pattern everywhere you go.
People around you aren't looking up.They're staring at their laptops and their cell phones. Whether they're bored, escaping human interaction, checking a few websites or texting, their necks are angled down, and their eyes are fixated on the screen. Dr. Kenneth K. Hansraj, chief of spinal surgery at New York Spine Surgery & Rehabilitation Medicine, wrote a piece that was published in Surgical Technology Internationalthat details the health effects of cell phones on a person's neck and spine. He developed the model below to show just how much extra weight is put onto the spine as the head tilts forward at an increased angle. (3, 4)
"These stresses," Hansraj wrote, "may lead to early wear, tear, degeneration, and possibly surgeries."Part of having good posture entails keeping the ears aligned with the shoulders and holding the shoulder blades back. This lowers stress on the body and even decreases cortisol levels. (7)