Modern Day Technology Injury

04/10/2017

Limp in Leap out Physiotherapy & Wellness in Belfield provides servicing to many near by Inner West suburbs including Belmore, Strathfield and Croydon park. See our weekly blog below if you are interested in new research, facts, general information or ideas.

In 2014, a study was conducted and found people spend on average 2-4 hours each day tilting their heads while using their smart phone or other devices. Whether it is a tablet, iPad, iPhone or a 1990's Nokia – be careful of you're neck position.

When the average weight of a head is 6 kilograms, you can imagine the strain on ligaments, tendons and muscles. This is especially the case when the same study investigated the increasing heaviness of a head as it moves from a ‘looking forward’ position, into a bent or ‘looking down’ position. They found that as a person moves their head into a 60-degree bent neck position (as seen in the below above), there is approximately 28 KG of downward pressure on the neck structures such as ligaments, tendons, muscles and bone.

So, what’s our advice…

  1. Let’s try to reduce the amount of time looking down at your mobile, tablet or other devices.

  2. If you are tilting your head forward/down why don’t you instead bring your phone to your eye level by leaning your elbows on a table or arm rest.

  3. If you have a chair with headrest find a comfortable position with your head and neck supported by the chair. This will in turn reduce the load and pressure on your neck.

  4. If you have ongoing pain or discomfort, contact us to allow our friendly and professional team to assess and treat you in becoming pain or injury free.

 

Reference: Hansraj, K. K. (2014). Assessment of stresses in the cervical spine caused by posture and position of the head. Surgical Technology International, 25, 277-279.

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