From work to leisure, the average person spends up to twenty-three days a year texting, browsing and communicating on smartphones, something that is causing potential damage to our bodies says neck and spine experts NeckStar.
The head can weigh up to 12lb, and the way smartphone usage alters our posture means that the angle which we adopt to look the at screen can increase the strain on the neck by up to almost six times as much. Although it isn’t practical to avoid smartphone use altogether, it is important to be conscious of the implications, and take steps to redress the impact.
According to the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy, health problems springing from smartphone use are on the rise, so there has never been a more important time for consumers to take steps to reduce their chances of “Smartphone Neck”. Holding devices at eye level for example will normalise the angle of the head, and avoids bad posture which can lead to debilitating discomfort and spinal injury. Taking frequent breaks from usage can also help eliminate prolonged unnatural positioning that exacerbates wear and tear on the neck.
Mario P of NeckStar, said, “Smartphone Neck is a relatively new problem, but one that could have very serious long-term implications if people don’t take measures to protect themselves. Issues with posture can affect so many other parts of the body, and can cause headaches, abnormal spinal curvature as well as shoulder and back pain. Prevention is always better than care, so it is well worth investing in the health of your neck before a problem arises”.
NeckStar’s specially designed portable headrest works to relieve the nerve tracts in the neck and spine, as well as bringing the vertebrae in line which activates and strengthens the delicate musculature of the neck, which are most at risk of smartphone related damage.
To find out more about the NeckStar headrest and how it can assist with symptoms resulting from smartphone use, visit www.neckstar.com