One of the physical side effects of our increasing screen time is a condition known as forward head posture. Forward head posture is a condition that occurs when the head is positioned in front of the shoulders. This can lead to strain on the neck, upper back, and shoulders, causing pain and discomfort.
Here are three exercises that can help correct forward head posture:
1. Chin Tucks: Sit up straight with your shoulders relaxed. Gently tuck your chin in towards your chest, keeping your eyes level. Hold for 5 seconds and repeat 10 times.
2. Shoulder Blade Squeezes: Sit up straight with your shoulders relaxed. Squeeze your shoulder blades together, as if you’re trying to hold a pencil between them. Hold for 5 seconds and repeat 10 times.
3. Neck Stretches: Sit up straight with your shoulders relaxed. Slowly tilt your head to one side, bringing your ear towards your shoulder. Hold for 15-30 seconds and repeat on the other side.
Remember to incorporate these exercises into your daily routine and take frequent breaks from your smartphone use to prevent forward head posture. If you’re experiencing any pain or discomfort, consult a healthcare professional or physical therapist for personalized guidance and support.