HEADS UP! I Have Preached “Good Posture and Why” For Years… NOW Read THIS
Posted on July 12 2019
The other day some major news outlets ran this headline, “Horns are growing on young people’s skulls. Phone use is to blame.”
An Australian study in biomechanics “suggests that young people are developing hornlike spikes at the back of their skulls – bone spurs caused by the forward tilt of the head, which shifts weight from the spine to the muscles at the back of the head, causing bone growth in the connecting tendons and ligaments. (See arrow and enlargement in the picture.) The weight transfer that causes the buildup can be compared to the way the skin thickens into a callus as a response to pressure or abrasion.”
In addition, it was discovered that one of the researchers is a chiropractor who possibly saw such a study as a method of increasing business. This is being investigated.Since the publication of this story, several critics point out that the study is flawed in that, among other things, no relationship between bone spurs and cell phones was established.
So, I really don’t think people are going to grow “horns” . . . for any reason.
But will technology change the human form anyway?
At about the same time the horn story was going around, the following report appeared in some British Tabloids:
“Experts have examined the way technology will affect the human form, suggesting the body may change dramatically.
“Creating a 3D model of a future human called “Mindy,” scientists said people living in 2100 may have hunched backs from hours of sitting over computers and looking at smartphones.
“Mindy also has bigger neck muscles to compensate for her poor posture, a thicker skull to protect from radiation and a smaller brain that has shrunk from leading a largely sedentary lifestyle”
I do know postures are changing for the worst in our young people today!
Well, I don’t know if it will eventually be that extreme, BUT it did remind me that good posture is so essential for healthy, good looking living, and of a blog I wrote some years ago about what happens when people spend so much time at a computer with their heads bent staring at the screen. That was just after Richard and I had platforms constructed for our PC monitors so that they would be at eye level helping to keep our own good posture.
In the era of Smart Phones
Some years later, I observed two young girls texting. They were both very intense into it, their phones held in their hands resting on a table, thumbs flying, and their heads bent, chins almost resting on their chests.
These reminders have prompted me to call your attention once again to the dangers of “Text Neck.” It may not cause horns to grow or a deformed body by the end of the century, but such terrible posture can lead to Degenerative Disc Disease, Degenerative Joint Disease, Headaches, Back Pain, and even a reduction in the diameter of your airway, making breathing difficult.
If that’s not enough to convince you, read on
Consider this: The average adult head weighs ten pounds. But, as the head bends forward, the drag weight increases by TEN POUNDS per inch that the muscles in your neck and shoulders must deal with. Imagine, if you bend your head forward by only two inches, there are twenty pounds of added strain on your neck, shoulders, and back (think two bowling balls).
So, once again, I urge you to be careful and check your posture constantly. Stand up straight and ask a person in your life to check your posture to see how far your ear is in front of your shoulder. And make sure you’re not rounding your shoulders, too. If you have low back and/or neck pain and your posture looks anywhere near the letter “C”, it’s time to do something about it.
Even if you’re not suffering any pain right now, If your posture is not good, you will. So, HEADS UP!