Today we’re going to look at the findings in a study on the Effects of phones on our posture and respiratory function.
The study is called “The effect of smartphone usage time on posture and respiratory function”. You can read the study here.
The Results: Effects of Using Smartphones on Posture:
Let’s breakdown the finding…
1st Finding – Fwd Head Posture:
The CVA (craniovertebral angle) measurement refers to how forward does the head protrude forward. As quoted above, the group of people that used their phones for more than 4 hours per day had lower CVAs – aka their forward head posture was worse than the group that didn’t use their phones as much.
2nd Finding – Rounded Shoulders:
This is pretty self explanatory – The group that used their phones for more than 4 hours per day, had lower scapular index – aka their rounded shoulders were worse, than the group that didn’t use their phones as long.
3rd Finding – Respiratory Function:
In this specific study they measured a bunch of different breathing parameters, and found that PEF, which is “Peak Expiratory Flow” was definitely worse for the group that had proplonged smarphone usage. PEF measuremnt is done with a small, hand-held device used to monitor a person’s ability to breathe out air. As you can see, people using their phones for long periods of time contributes to poor posture, which in turn can also lead to more shallow breathing.
As you can see this study showed that long usage of smart phones could lead to poor forward head posture, poor rounded shoulders and poor breathing.
Related: Check this article on How to sit at a desk.
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As a long time back sufferer Leon found unique methods to alleviate his pain using natural methods including self massage, exercise/stretching and postural habits. He founded Backintelligence.com to empower others to fix their postures and ease their back pain from home.