Ideally the head should sit directly on the neck and shoulders, like a golf ball sits on a tee. The weight of the head is more like a bowling ball than a golf ball, so holding it forward, out of alignment, puts extreme strain on your neck and upper back muscles. The result can be major muscle fatigue. And research now shows that the long term effects of this posture is massive bone spur growth called “horns”.
This is a quote from an article published in THE WASHINGTON POST regarding “horn growth” in children.
“Horns are growing on young people’s skulls. Phone use is to blame, research suggests.”
“Mobile technology has transformed the way we live — how we read, work, communicate, shop and date. But we already know this. What we have not yet grasped is the way the tiny machines in front of us are remolding our skeletons, possibly altering not just the behaviors we exhibit but the bodies we inhabit. New research in bio-mechanics suggests that young people are developing hornlike spikes at the back of their skulls — bone spurs caused by the forward tilt of the head, which shifts weight from the spine to the muscles at the back of the head, causing bone growth in the connecting tendons and ligaments. The weight transfer that causes the buildup can be compared to the way the skin thickens into a callus as a response to pressure or abrasion”,
Call Chait Chiropractic at 941-371-1070 if you are interested in finding out if your hand held device is altering your posture. Dr John Chait offers complimentary posture analysis as part of our community outreach.