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Tuesday, April 3, 2018
As technology progresses, so does our attachment to it. To raise awareness of the effects this technology use can have on our health, we’re excited to share a blog series discussing this topic. This blog is the latest installment in that series, but review our other blogs if you’d like to learn about how technology affects our brains.
The rate at which technology has evolved is nothing short of incredible. It’s mind-boggling to think that it wasn’t until 2007 — when the first iPhone was invented — that smartphones really became a part of everyday life for most Americans. However, not all advancements have been beneficial. It turns out that our heavy reliance on technology has some seriously negative consequences.
“More and more people are coming to see physical therapists with neck pains, tendonitis of the hand, and bad posture,” SouthCoast Health Physical Therapist Lisa Bettio stated. “The number one culprit of this is our daily use of cell phones and technology.”
In other words, cellphone addiction isn’t just affecting our brain, it’s also affecting our bodies.
iHunch, iPosture, or Text Neck
These words are all used to describe the most common posture used when holding cellphones: leaning your head down to look at the phone in your hands.
Here’s why this isn’t good for you. The average head weighs anywhere from 10 to 12 pounds but when bent forward at a 60-degree angle (such as when looking down at phones), our heads become 50 pounds heavier. Using this posture frequently adds up to thousands of extra pounds, eventually putting enough stress on your spine that it causes damage to spinal discs.
This bad posture is also shown to compress our lungs, causing difficulties in breathing properly.
Sadly, this isn’t the only negative physical side effect of being stuck to your cellphone all day.
Texting Claw or Cell Phone Elbow
The motions we use consistently while on our phones, such as when typing out a message or clutching our screens to scroll, over time cause pain and inflammation of the tendons in our fingers and wrists
While tendonitis is a common condition for adults, it has become even more common over the past decade and associated specifically with cellphone usage.
The Other Physical Side Effects of Cellphone Addiction
Aside from causing pain, there are other physical side effects cellphone overuse can cause as well:
There are a few simple solutions to help fight against the issues described above.
If you’re struggling with your posture or are worried about your possibility of having Text Neck, call us at 912-691-3600 today to schedule an appointment with any of our physical therapists.
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