A strange discovery by researchers, which sounds like science fiction – people who grow their horned structures on their skulls because of the use of smartphones – may actually have a simple explanation: bone branching.
The study, which was published last year in the journal Science Reports, has actually established skeletal growths based on skulls of about 400 adults aged 18 to 86 years. And younger people have had bigger growths. "a prominent exostosis … that stems from the outer occipital prolact." Or, more simply, a bone spur located at the base of the skull.
Bone branches ̵
The study, conducted by Dr. David Shahar and Mark Syurs of the University of Sunshine Coast in Australia, was flying under the radar when it was published. at the end of last year, but an article from the BBC last week about how modern life turns the human skeleton into the light of changing the human body with the use of technology.
Bone branches identified in the study range from 10 to 31 millimeters. Some of them are so big they can feel like a lump on the back of the head.
The development of these plants may be due and explained with extensive screen time, researchers say. The reasons for these physiological changes can be the constant "folding of the head forward", or the bending of the head down, as well as the poor posture of the posture.
The findings show how little is known about the widespread use of these technologies. "Although the" tablet revolution "is fully and effectively reinforced in our day-to-day activities, it should be remembered that these devices are only a decade, and it may be that the associated symptomatic disorders already appear," the authors write. Most bony branches do not cause pain and do not need treatment, but can become a problem if they reach a certain size.
And that may already be the case. A small 2011 study of University officials and students in Canada found that 68% of participants reported neck pain. Scientific Reports
Dr. David Guier, an orthopedic surgeon and author of "Gotta Hurt: Injuries that have altered forever sports," said the findings were not surprising.
"You are at the airport or in the school and everyone is crouched in. It would be good if it was 15 seconds or 15 seconds here, but when hours are over, you are afraid this customary behavior can lead to a real distorted distortion, in the children, but in fact all adults, "Geier, who has not been
The findings are evidence of how the prolonged use of technologies such as smartphones and tablets in everyday life has led to physical changes, but this is not the first time the technology is was identified as the culprit for
The number of cases such as "text-throat", "thumbs with text messages", hump and neck, the shoulder of the shoulders and lower back pain resulting from the use of mobile phones and computers in young people, have increased since the early 2000s
But that does not mean that these problems are inevitable. "If people worry that this is going on, you can work with a physiotherapist to learn exercises to strengthen the muscles that help with their p for, "said Geyer. people do not use their phone. But small changes, such as putting pillows under the laptops and keeping the phone or tablet higher and far beyond our laps, can help improve the behavior, "Guy added
. We need to increase people's activity for a number of reasons. The tangible aspect of this is enormous and these devices kill us in this regard. "
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