A recent study published by Surgical Technology International concludes that when you look down at your cell phone to text, check email, or play a game the force applied to the neck is the equivalent of four adult-sized bowling balls, or 60 pounds (see image below).
The forces are similar when you displace your head forward (the way you do when you look at your computer). Now think about how much time you spend in those positions every day. This kind of habitual movement patterns can lead to early wear, tear and degeneration.
Today we feature a short simple chair yoga practice that will help you release muscle tension in the neck and upper back and realign the position of the head to take the load off the spine. It can also help you clear your head and focus. You can do this practice anytime, several times a day, if you want to. Just move your chair away from the desk and get going!