Could your smart phone be hurting your knees?

I love smart phones. I think they’re fantastic for making business happen, for greasing the wheels of every transaction in daily life, and for making life more productive, easier, and fun. But smart phones aren’t always the smartest choice when it comes to your posture!

Think about the position you’re put in when you have your iPhone in your hand in front of your chest and your eyes pointing down at the screen.  Can’t visualize it?  Head over to a mirror and turn sideways to it.  Now look at your smart phone in your hand.  Now turn and look in the mirror.  Notice how much your head has to hang forward of your body? Notice how much your shoulders round forward?

It’s not pretty!

Good posture means having your head on top of your body, not in front of it.  You’re in a place of good balance.  But what happens if your head gets in front of your body?  You put extra strain from head to toe — literally!  Your spinal muscles have to work harder, your hip muscles have to brace, and your knees have to start taking on extra impact because every other part of your body is scared stiff by the head that’s about to fall off the neck!

So, tonight, when you get home, see if you can’t put the smart phone down and enjoy a nice walk outside.  It may be winter, but it’s San Diego!  Get outside and enjoy it!


About the Author

Matt Hsu is a trainer and orthopedic massage therapist. He fought a long battle with chronic pain all over his body and won. He blends the principles he learned in his journey, empirical observations with clients, and relevant research to help others get their lives back.