As you flex forward your shortening anterior chest muscles, over stretching the posterior neck muscles, and INHIBITED neuromuscular function of the neglected scapular muscles.
Dr Hans Raj found in a study published in the journal Surgical Technology International that an adult head weighs 10-12 pounds in a neutral position, but by tilting it forward, the forces it exerts on the neck can surge—up to 60 pounds when the head is tilted by 60 degrees.
Conclusion: Dr Hans Raj stated "the forward flexed position may lead to early wear, tear, degeneration, and possibly surgery. The take away: The lack of postural awareness during texting is developing into a viral epidemic. But your mom's posture version of "sit up straight and quit slouching" is a simple version that biomechanically has withstood the test of time.
Posture and TEXTING: What scientific evidence supporting the idea that texting causes postural problems?
Let's Talk Posture
What can you do to improve your posture that will help in everyday activities and sports?
The posture tip of the day this is something that you can conduct every day. Posture is basically a blend of positions. Keep your chin tucked inward towards your spine, squeeze your shoulder blades together and down keep your chest open. See picture below.
Direct the top of your head towards the sky, tip of nose pointed straight head, not up or down.
You may feel some tightness at the base of your skull or neck.
This will go away in time as you align yourself in a new optimum posture.
Let’s Analyze activities of life / work, most of us are looking down IN A FLEXION BASED SOCIETY.
Does not make any difference if your an Orthopaedic surgeon, Dentist, Computer programmer or a texting fanatic, think about how much time we spend with the head positioned forward of the body in a molded static position. THIS IS A DYSFUNCTIONAL HUMAN POSTURE.
* Since our joints are essentially a link system of joints, as the head comes forward the shoulders follow.
* Seriously, The affects of this posture leads to posterior musculoskeletal irritation to the trapezius & levator scapula muscles, increased cervical spine joint forces, and resultant neck pain.
This Web Site shows exercises used in the treatment of postural issues. However, before beginning any type of rehabilitation program, consult with a healthcare professional to rule out contraindications to your condition.