By Dr. Mallika Marshall

BOSTON (CBS) – Poor posture can cause a variety of health problems, but a new survey from Orlando Health finds fewer than half of Americans are actually concerned about it.

It is estimated that the average adult spends more than three and half hours a day looking down at their smartphone, and we tend to hunch over or slouch when working at a desk or lounging around at home.

Experts say that every inch your head moves in front of your body adds 10 pounds of pressure on your shoulders. A four inch change is equivalent to balancing a 40 pound child on your shoulders.

Body misalignment can lead to chronic pain, poor circulation, and gastrointestinal issues like heartburn.

However, small adjustments can make a difference. Raise your computer screen to eye level, sit with both feet flat on the floor, and take frequent breaks to get up and move around at work and home.

Dr. Mallika Marshall


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