Is your cell phone sending your body the wrong signal? We are dependent on our devices to access emails, chat with friends and watch endless videos of cats doing funny things. But with this seemingly harmless convenience comes some consequential health concerns.
The body was not designed for a digital lifestyle. Hours spent hunched over a phone places a considerable amount of stress on muscles and joints. Over time, this tension can impact and impair your strength, safety and stability. And while that may sound alarming, it likely won’t slow down or stop your smartphone-loving ways. So rather than ditch your device, practice these simple exercises that help combat the health hazards associated with cell phone use.
EYES. When scrolling, the muscles surrounding the eyes squint and strain to decipher the tiny characters on an overly illuminated screen. Eye scrunching side effects include tension headaches, blurred vision, eye fatigue and dry eyes.
NECK. When playing with your phone, your neck shifts into a craned, cranked position known as “text neck.” Each time you bring your chin down to your chest and hold it there for a long duration, an enormous amount of tension and pressure is placed on your neck. This can lead to postural issues, muscle strain and restrict your airways which limits the amount of oxygen you inhale.
WRISTS. Overuse injuries are not limited to high-impact exercises like running. Constant texting and typing can also result in an overuse injury in your wrists. Since your wrists are bent and fixed in an abnormal way while operating a phone, pressure is placed on tendons, nerves and muscles leading to conditions like carpal tunnel and even wrist sprains.
Stay strong and safe by practicing preventative exercises. Don’t put your health on the do not call list.