You've been mishandling your phone your whole life: this is the right way to do it

You’ve been mishandling your phone your whole life: this is the right way to do it

Whether we are standing or lying down, most people tilt their head forward when they want to see something on their smartphone

There is no doubt that new technologies have made our lives easier. However, despite all the advantages they bring together, they have also brought some other nuisance to our health.

Especially behind our back or our eyes. In fact, according to the medical journal Surgical Technology International, frequently looking at the mobile screen can be harmful to the spine.

Whether we are standing or lying down, most people tilt their heads forward when they want to see something in the smartphone. In this way, the position causes a strain on the spine that, over time, can develop into serious lower back problems.

Kenneth Hansraj, lumbar surgeon and author of this report, explains that posture when using phones can already be considered a risk factor. In it, he ensures that the more the head leans forward, the more tension is exerted on the spine.

Although, on average, the human head weighs around four kilos. By tilting it forward to look at the screen, the strain on the spine can increase to 27 kilos. For this reason, the author of the report has explained that the correct position to look at the mobile is to raise the arm instead of lowering the head.

This is not the first time that problems of this type related to the disadvantages of using the mobile have been warned. In this way, the forced position that we adopt when using our technological devices generates alterations in the cervical spine causing instability and stiffness in certain areas of the spine.

Rachel Maga
Rachel Maga is a technology journalist currently working at Globe Live Media agency. She has been in the Technology Journalism field for over 5 years now. Her life's biggest milestone is the inside tour of Tesla Industries, which was gifted to her by the legend Elon Musk himself.