In the midst of this technology era – we believe we are on the verge of an epidemic – one that is affecting our youth and beyond and it needs to be addressed urgently.
Health & Wellbeing Coach, Rehabilitation Trainer, author, speaker & “trailblazer” in training methodology.
has revealed a number of alarming facts about posture due to excessive smartphone and tablet use.
This image gives a frightening insight into just one of the negative affects our youth are suffering on a daily basis.
The weight seen by the spine dramatically increases when flexing the head forward at varying degrees.
Dr Kenneth Hansraj, Chief of Spine Surgery, New York Spine Surgery and Rehabilitation Medicine assessed the stresses in cervical spine caused by posture and position of the head.
He concluded an adult head weighs 10 to 12 pounds in the neutral position. As the head tilts forward the forces seen by the neck surges to 27 pounds at 15 degrees, 40 pounds at 30 degrees, 49 pounds at 45 degrees and 60 pounds at 60 degrees.
Place yourself in the body and mind of an adolescent today and imagine the many hours in the head forward position
The years beyond…from secondary school, through to university then onto 40 plus years at a desk.
Taking this into account, it’s clear the spinal health of our youth is a major concern, and the posture in our corporate world is deteriorating.
In addition, studies reveal the connection between thoughts, feelings and behaviours that result from a forward projection and closed shoulder position.
This posture is a known ‘fight or flight’ position raising the stress hormone cortisol which in itself has a significant long term affect on mental and physical health and wellbeing.
Conditions associated with such states include depression, anxiety, impaired cognitive function e.g. Inability to concentrate, fatigue, physical pain and the list goes on.
The compelling Hansraj, 2014 study indicates:
The Truth Is…
Beneath all of this is the disappearance of ‘connection’.
The ancient principle of kinaesthetic tradition.
When people connect…they immediately feel better.
Burying ones head in a phone or tablet does nothing more then separate and isolate.
Consider, what makes you happier and more fulfilled?
Being a part of something that is bigger than yourself…
We see it in times of crisis.
For example, recently in Paris, in response to the terrorist attack – taxi drivers took people home for free and people opened their door to take in and protect strangers.
We all have this instinct to care for and protect each other.
When you know you did something without personal gain and another person will benefit, immediately you feel good.
Just recall a time when you did this in your life.
Even something as simple as standing up and clapping for a person in Australia’s Got Talent or X-Factor who against all odds, gave an amazing performance.
The whole room and thousands at home are all connected for one moment.
Now compare that with spending time alone on your phone with social media, texting etc when you are merely observing life as a spectator with minimal or no participation. No Joy.
In time, you will feel dull, flat and more inclined to be disinterested, depressed, self doubting, frustrated and even aggressive. And often craving unhealthy food.
Then begins the negative cycle, the decent into a big dark hole.
For society to awaken, step out of their phones and back into life...
Isaac Xavier & Sommer Louise are on a mission to create a global movement where ‘everyone has each other’s back’…optimal posture is the ‘new cool’ and 'connection' is the come-back-queen.
We are reaching out to you to open the conversation about this topic and participate in this global message...
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