By now we have all seen the post circulating on Facebook about young people developing extra bone growth at the base of their skulls or ‘skull horns’ due to cell phone use.
Though the paper’s findings may have been overstated, neck strain from constantly looking down at phones and tablets is a legitimate concern. According to a study on the cervical spine and posture, looking down at a 60 degree angle can put up to 60 pounds of pressure on your spine.
So what can you do to prevent neck pain?
The most important key is to maintain an optimal posture by keeping all screens — phones, tablets and laptops — at eye level. This can be done by raising your desk or using an accessory to hold the phone or tablet up for you.
If looking down at a screen is unavoidable, make sure you (or your kids!) take frequent breaks, at least every 20 to 30 minutes.
And if the damage has already been done?