Cell phone neck – focus on ergonomics before it is too late!

Cell phone neck – focus on ergonomics before it is too late!

Boy Using Laptop and Cell Phone --- Image by © Tim Pannell/Corbis

Often the posture using cellphone is awkward, neck and spine are in unnatural position. No wonder there is a nickname for this: “Tech neck” or “Cell phone neck”.

When you tilt your head greatly forward, this puts an immerse extra weight on your neck. The weight and burden on your neck increases up to 60 pounds (27 kilograms). This is very damaging in a longer run. In addition to neck, spine and back, also wrists and eyes are affected by unnatural usage patterns.

Boy Using Laptop and Cell Phone — Image by © Tim Pannell/Corbis

Following medical diagnosis are becoming more common:
– Cervical Postural Syndrome (neck)
– Lumbar Disc Bulge (lower back)
– Cervicogenic Headache
– Wrist Tendonitis

So, something should be done soon to change the usage patterns and postures!

Our Safer Tech Education course provides several ergonomics & health tips for laptop, computer, tablet and cell phone use. Please, access the course to create healthier usage patterns.