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Common postural problems in digital age

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Common postural problems in digital age



Digital addiction has totally captured the entire world. Texting, tapping, swiping on the iPads, iPhones, laptops, desktops, tablets and phablets have become the most engaging habit .E-mailing, text messaging, instant messaging or social media have overshadowed talking, as a mode of communication. The click of the keyboards have drowned the human voice. Gallup poll, conducted in 2014, revealed startling figures that inferred that texting was the most prevalent form of communication for Americans younger than 50. More than two-thirds of 18- to 29-year-olds said they sent and received text messages "a lot" the previous day, as did nearly half of the Americans between 30 and 49.This digitization does not only have social but also physical ramifications. The human posture is gradually evolving into an i posture. There is constant slumping of shoulders, slouching of back and a compressed lower back resulting from hunching over hand held devices or technology screens. This results in immediate loading of undue stresses on the muscles, ligaments and joints of the neck and back. A normal head weighs 4.5kg and with every 2.5 cm forward bending of the head the load borne by the neck and the shoulder doubles. This leads to a condition called “text neck”. This manifests as a sharp shooting or a chronic nagging pain in the neck along with upper back muscle spasm. This could be accompanied by shoulder tightness and pain. In case there is cervical nerve compression then neurological signs develop. Long standing text neck may lead to degenerative diseases like early arthritis .As the neck bends down to stare at the gadgetry screen the weight on the spine increases. With a bend of 60 degrees the load on the spine increases to 60 pounds, which can be easily compared to carrying an eight year old on your back, for a number of hours. This loading of the spine causes deleterious effects ranging from wear and tear of the ligaments to spinal degenerative changes. According to a research published by Kenneth Hansraj in the National Library, people spend 700 to 1,400 hours per year hunching and slouching over their gadgetries and high-schoolers spent an additional 5,000 hours in this position. The constant stress on the spine can cause upper or lower muscle soreness, herniated disc or arthritic changes leading to long lasting back pain. In order to run with technology the neck and back muscles should remain healthy. This can be done by easy self-postural assessment methods, reducing the time spend over gadgetry, exercising regularly and using lower back supporters like the Better Binder. The Better Binder is a fashionable back supporter made up of a high quality breathable fabric. It has a fully adjustable and flexible support system for the body core, featuring superior comfort, kink-free and slip resistant wear, apt for regular use with easy maintenance. It is fabricated for enduring the undue stresses transmitted to the back in case of postural alterations during gadgetry usage. It is highly recommended for those who already suffer from problems of the lower back and have to work on laptops, desktops, tablets or other devices. Therefore, before the back pain due to i posture becomes a bane, it is wise to use a Better Binder.