“Text neck” generation


The cellphones have deeply affected our spines. Unfortunately, new generation is struggling with disc shifts and posture problems at their 20s which is considered to be too early for back and neck aches. According to scientists, when we look at the cellphone or tablet, we are putting a lot of pressure on our spine and as a result we are changing our anatomy.

According to a recent research of the American Cedars-Sınai Medical Center, there is a large increase in the number of patients with neck and lower back pain. And, number of patients having surgical operations has also increased. However, there is a decrease in the age average of the patients with waist and neck problems. Unfortunately, the new generation is struggling with back and neck diseases at their 20s while their grand families have had in their 60s. According to orthopedists, cellphones are guilty.

In a recent study, it was found that people are looking down more while writing messages on their mobile phones than watching videos on their phone. The result is that we tilt our neck 45 degrees while dealing with the cell phone and our posture is getting worse day by day as we continue to do so.  Due to the increased use of mobile phones by young generation, orthopedists are worried about the anatomical deterioration of children whose body development has not yet been completed and whose spine is still developing.

Orthopedists suggest that we may make some simple changes in our lifestyles and habits to get rid of the pain created by this trapezoidal posture called text neck. Keeping the mobile phone in the eye alignment when writing a message; using the mobile phone with two hands and two thumbs in order to create a more comfortable and symmetrical position for the spine are two of these suggestions. It is offered to take frequent breaks while writing messages and make physical movements to strengthen shoulder and arm muscles.

It is suggested that those who are constantly working with computers and tablets should also use a high monitor stand and the screens should be at their eye level. Sitting in an unsupported chair also increases your waist and back pain by 40 percent. Sitting in a backseat-shaped chair that surrounds your curve may help to reduce back pain.

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