Our body posture is an important aspect of our health. Bad posture can lead to a variety of health ailments and conditions, such as pain in the back and neck, walking difficulties, and inability to sit at a certain position for prolonged periods of time. Leading a sedentary lifestyle can also lead to serious musculoskeletal issues. On the other hand, good body posture can decrease the risk of musculoskeletal issues.
Recently, studies have shown that portable devices are another cause of musculoskeletal problems. It is considered that on average people spend 2 – 4 hours on their portable devices, which means 700 – 1400 hours per year. Experts claim that these warning statistics can negatively impact people’s health and lead to numerous serious health conditions.
The medical community warns people about the increased use of portable devices
A 2014-study, published in the Surgical Technology International Journal, indicated that the spine’s strain increases when the neck is flexed. A head of an adult weighs about 10 – 12 pounds, and when we bend it, the weight increases. This means that if you bend your neck at an angle of 45 degrees, the spine exerts weight that is equal to 50 pounds.
What does forward head posture cause?
Forward back posture can lead to serious health issues, including:
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- Constant lack of energy and fatigue
- Pain in the shoulders, neck, upper and lower back
- Headaches and migraines
- Permanent damage to muscles, joints, ligaments, nerves, and blood vessels
- Insomnia or poor sleep
- Loss of height by two inches
- Impaired athletic performance
- Hormonal disbalance
- Lack of confidence
- Blood flow to the nervous system
- A low range of motion
- Trapped and pinched nerves
- Early degeneration of the spine
- Decreased capacity of the lungs by 30%
- Vertigo, dizziness, and balance problems
- Sinus issues and jaw pain
- Vision and hearing issues
- Problems with the digestive system
- Snoring, sleep apnea, and mouth breathing
What can be done about this type of neck pain?
Therefore, one of the things that we can do to avoid experiencing musculoskeletal issues is to sit and stand straight holding the neck in a neutral position. This will place less pressure on the spine and will reduce the risk of experiencing musculoskeletal issues.
Finally, if you want to improve your body posture and relieve pain in the back and neck, take a look at the tutorial given below. It consists of 10 simple exercises that treat bad posture, sleeping issues, and pain in the back and neck.