Holding a Bowling Ball with a Fishing Pole
Have you ever tried to hold a bowling ball up with a fishing pole?
While I’m almost certain the answer is “no,” there’s no doubt in my mind that you can picture what that would look like. You can picture the fishing rod bending, almost to the point of breaking, as the weight of the ball pulls it lower and lower toward the ground. You can imagine the amount of stress and strain on the fishing rod. The weight of the bowling ball is pushing the fishing line to its breaking point, until it can no longer bear the weight and does, in fact, snap.
Now, think about the bowling ball as your head and the fishing line/rod as your spine. As your head travels forward, there is a tremendous amount of pressure placed on your spine. And, the farther the head moves forward, the more pressure on the spine.
An average human head weighs about 10 to 12 pounds, and tilting it down to check Facebook, send a text, or to Google the weight of a human head increases the gravitational pull on said cranium.
“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,” (Kenneth) Hansraj (a New York back surgeon) writes in the paper.
Sixty pounds! Can you imagine having a 2nd grader hanging around your neck? Because, that’s basically what happens as we spend more and more time looking at our phones, iPads, and other handheld devices. Pretty scary, isn’t it?
But, there’s good news! You can take measures to correct this when it happens. You simply have to remind the muscles of the body what they need to be doing and when they need to be doing it. And, you can start today by downloading our Four Free E-cises to help jump-start your journey.
QUESTION: How much time do you spend looking down?