The mobile phone has become the adult’s transitional object, replacing the child’s teddy bear for comfort and a sense of belonging. Mobile phones today have replaced cameras, alarm clocks, iPod’s and calendars. They have become a person’s best friend and connection to the world.
According to a study the average person in the UK spends 90 minutes a day on the phone. Let’s look at what effect this can have on your body.
Are you aware of your posture when you use your mobile phone?
- Are your shoulders rounded?
- Do you look down with your head forward?
- Do you type or browse with the same hand?
- Do you take your head close to your phone?
- Do you feel achy after using your phone?
Employing any of the above habits just a few times a day can leave you with aches and pains in the neck, shoulders, arms, wrist, upper and lower back.
The correct way to look at your mobile phone:
- Hold your mobile phone higher at your chest region closer to eye level to stop bending your head and rounding your shoulders.
- Keep your body upright to help prevent aches and pains
- Don’t rely on just once hand when typing and browsing, try to be ambidextrous (using the right and left hand).
- Limit your time on your phone by setting an alarm
- Stretch your fingers, wrists, forearms, neck and shoulders after use.