Do you use a cell phone for more than just the odd phone call? If your answer is yes, then this article applies to you!
I'm calling it the hunchback generation... because this is what I see on a very regular basis:
See what I'm saying? Those phones and their damn addicting games and the constant contact that we all have with everyone aren't just affecting our to-do lists... they are wreaking havoc on our neck, back and shoulders.
Take this into consideration:
The above picture demonstrates the change in the relative weight of our heads to our spine as we begin to tilt our head forward to look at our phones (tablets, ipad, etc...) The problem with this doesn't occur in a one-off check of your text message but does occur over time as we begin to scroll through our social media channels, read the articles and news, read a book on our e-reader or play an electronic game. All of these things often lead to us tilting our heads forward for an extended period of time which also causes rounding of the shoulders and . This causes the muscles at the front of our neck, in our chests and the fronts of our shoulders to tighten while causing the muscles in the back of the neck, upper back and rear of the shoulders to lengthen and become fatigued.
To counteract these muscle imbalances it is recommended that you perform upper back and neck strengthening exercises and stretch through the chest and front of the shoulders. Talk to your chiropractor, physiotherapist or trainer for exercises that are suitable and safe for YOUR body (sorry, but Dr. Google could cause bigger issues) there is no one-size fits all approach.
-Tamara Hamilton, Registered Kinesiologist and dynafit's resident posture police