How looking at your phone effects your head posture

by connor whittall in News

In 2016, an estimated 62.9% of the population worldwide already owned a mobile phone. The mobile phone penetration is forecasted to continue to grow, rounding up to 67% by 2019. However, every time we look down or lean forwards by 60 degrees to check are mobile devices, it has the potential to change are posture and lead to a postural condition called forward head posture (FHP) aka texting neck. Patients with FHP often complain of constant neck pain, upper back pain and tension-type headaches. therefore, upon examination, the majority of people have this postural deformity. FHP is the most common postural deformity, affecting between 66% and 90% of the population. Usually following this deformity muscles within that area will either become weakened or tight, which will cause muscle imbalances and lead to further issues.

Common muscles weakened;

• Rhomboids (Upper back muscles)
• Serratus anterior (Along the side of the ribs connecting to shoulder blade)
• Posterior rotator cuff (Back part of the shoulder)
• Lower trapezius (Mid back)


Common muscle lengthened;

• Sternocleidomastoid (Side and front of neck)
• Upper trapezius (Upper back)
• Pectoralis minor and major (Chest muscles)
• Levator scapulae (Neck down to shoulder blade)
• Subscapularis (Shoulder blade area)


However, FHP can be the result of a variety of factors, such as;
• Previous neck strains or sprains
• Sleeping with your head elevated too high on pillows
• Frequently sleeping on a sofa with your head propped on the arm rest
• Extended computer uses
• Extended cellphone use (“text neck”)
• Prolonged driving
• Incorrect breathing habits
• Carrying heavy backpacks
Posture defects, however, can be easily reversible by doing a few simple things can aid in the prevention of FHP.

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