Stop texting and...

...stand up straight.

  photo courtesy of Dr. Ken Hansraj, M.D., via the  Washington Post

photo courtesy of Dr. Ken Hansraj, M.D., via the Washington Post

Thought I was going to say "drive", didn't you?

Though you should definitely not text and drive that's not what we're talking about. No, this is about your working posture and how it affects the rest of your life.

According to our mobility guru Kelly Starrett there's a confluence of factors at work;

1. A lot of time on hand held electronics, especially phones. 2. The size of each successive generation of phones. 3. As the phones get bigger they get heavier 4. They're made of amazing space age materials that are incredibly slippery.

Put these all to together and you've got the recipe for serious head and neck disfunction. As you look around you'll see people everywhere in this head-forward, rounded shoulder position as they stare down into there phones or work on their tablets. Even sitting at a desk can lead to the "42 pound head" body position. Dr. Eric Dalton says:

Forward Head Postures such as the Upper Crossed Syndrome (Fig. 1) evolve from poor sleeping positions, driving stress, computer neck, whiplash, and faulty breathing habits. Resulting pain syndromes can often be traced to muscle strain, disc herniations, arthritis, pinched nerves and 'dural-drag' from an overstretched or impinged spinal cord. Some believe that up-regulation of the central nervous system may have foundations in elusive conditions such as fibromyalgia, myofascial tender points, and chronic fatigue syndromes.

Yikes! And all that from bad posture!

Watch the vide below from KStarr and keep an eye on your sitting and standing work and device-use positions. Little things mean a lot.