What does your cell phone and spine have to do with each other? If you are like most people, when you use your phone to text or check emails, you likely have your phone lower than your head, are looking down, and perhaps your phone is a few inches away from your mid-section, preventing your chin from being tipped too close to your chest.
Most people when they text tilt their neck forward and round their shoulders forward while slouching. This may seem like harmless behavior, but when you think about the amount of time we spend attached to our phones during the day, much time is spent in this position and poor posture affects your spine.
For optimal health of your spine and nervous system, three natural curves within the spine must be maintained. When you look at a side view of someone with correct posture, their ears are aligned with their shoulders, and the shoulders are aligned with their hip joint which is aligned with their slightly bent knees.
Most common cell phone posture is the opposite of this proper posture. Occasional improper posture will not hinder the health of your spine too much, but when you spend too much time on the phone, which most people these days do, repeated incorrect positioning can contribute to poor spine and overall health, and may even cause pain in the neck and back.
It may sound simplistic, but it is important. When you pick up your phone, try and be mindful of your posture. Picture a string from the top of your head being pulled upward. When you imagine this, your posture immediately improves; your shoulders will pull down and back, chest will open up, and your neck and head straighten. Pull your ears back over your shoulders when you do this and then bring your cell phone to your eye level before using it. Use it as if you are looking at a computer screen directly in front of you.
It may feel unnatural and uncomfortable at first, but if you can continue using this posture in the future, your spine health and overall quality of life will be improved. Making conscious daily habit choices will help you long term, having a great impact on your life. Our College Park chiropractors recommend bringing posture to a conscious level to improve your overall health. If you would like additional help on maintaining a healthy posture, we are standing by ready to answer any questions at (404) 592-0319.