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How Texting While Walking Could Hurt Your Spine

 

When you look around in your day-to-day activities, how often do you see someone on their smart phone? During your daily commute, in the office, even at live events like a sports game or a concert, everyone seems to be consumed with their smart phone. Along with smart phone use comes poor posture, with people hunched over their phones with shoulders rounded, heads bowed, and so many problems developing within the musculoskeletal system.

The primary use of smart phones in 2015 is for texting. Text messages have become the main method of communicating across all groups of people who use smart phones. Even individuals in the older age groups of the population have caught on, and it seems that every person who owns a smart phone relies on texting to get in touch with others.

Some may choose to only send text messages from their smart phone while sitting down, which definitely presents problems to the neck, the cervical spine, the shoulders, and many other parts of the upper body. While texting sitting down may present a threat to our musculoskeletal health, texting while standing up can be even more dangerous.

When we are walking around texting, the negative effects on our musculoskeletal system are amplified. The body natural sways side to side while we are walking and this soft movement can result in muscle strains and eventually spinal misalignment in the cervical region of the spine due to the pulling of the muscles and the strain on the neural communication in this area. The body also moves vertically when we are walking. Because the head weighs roughly 12 pounds, the force of this up and down movement increases the weight of the head, more than doubling the weight of the head and its impact on the upper body.

The impact of texting while walking on the musculoskeletal system include tension headaches, migraines, chronic neck pain, shoulder problems, and much more. If we want to avoid these musculoskeletal problems, we need to consider spending less time on our phones and more time maintaining good posture. In addition, texting while walking takes your attention away from where you are going, which could lead to falls or even more dangerous situations. Remember to always use your common sense when on the phone, no matter what you're doing.

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