‘Binge watchers are prone to spinal problems’

Anvita Srivastava
Saturday, 19 January 2019

Dr Kiran Shete, Founder Director, Spinalogy Clinic, said, “A lot of binge watching happens on mobiles and tablets, which leads to shoulder and elbow problem because of constantly holding the device.”

PUNE: Experts say that binge-watching leads to drastic reduction in physical exercises and causes lots of postural disalignment and many complain about spinal ailments, including neck problem and lower back issues.

Dr Shailesh Hadgaonkar, Director, Orthopaedic & Spine services, Sancheti Clinics, Aundh, said, “Binge watching is creating a lot of issues like neck spasm and back spasm. While watching,  you normally adopt the comfortable posture, which makes you prone to various spinal issues. Due to watching, everyone is confined to rooms and are not going out in sunlight, which can also create deficiency of vitamin D, leading to problems like weak bones and body aches.”

Dr Kiran Shete, Founder Director, Spinalogy Clinic, said, “A lot of binge watching happens on mobiles and tablets, which leads to shoulder and elbow problem because of constantly holding the device.” 

He further said, “It is very important to take a break between episodes and start socialising in the real world to keep a check on binge watching.”

“It is very important to reduce the hours of watching and a lot of awareness campaigns should be conducted to encourage physical activities,” he added

Nupur Biswas, yoga expert, said, “Due to binge watching, there is a drastic reduction in physical exercise. People tend to get complacent and end up procrastinating, as they always want to watch one extra episode of their favourite show and then another. Before they know it, they just don’t have any time left for workout.”

Biswas added that people hardly pay any attention to postural alignment. She shared that no one really sits tall with their shoulder rolled back, chest elevated and spine in a neutral position while binge watching. People tend to slouch or put pressure on their lower back, neck, shoulders. Biswas said that as number of hours spent in this incorrect position increases, it causes all kinds of aches and pains. “Posture-related injuries are on the rise, all thanks to binge watching,” she added.

“It is important to reduce the hours spent in binge watching and spare at least an hour everyday to stretch, move and strengthen one’s body.One must not slouch and it is important to sit on a chair or the bed with a back rest with one’s lower back completely pressed against the back rest. Ensure there is no gap between the lower back and the back rest, as this could put strain on the back,” Nupur Biswas suggested.

Dr Priyanka Kumbhare, physiotherapist, said, “Lot of cases of cervical spondylitis, inflammation of tailbone, forward neck posture and neck muscle spasm are being referred to us due to the prevalent trend of binge watching. People are so engrossed in watching that their postures are often altered.” 

Kumbhare too emphasised that it is very important to indulge in physical activities like walking, running, exercising and also concentrating on posture while sitting. “Try to indulge in hobbies instead of binge watching,” she adds.

GIFTS OF BINGE WATCHING
- Inflammation in tail bones 
- Neck muscle spasm 
- Postural disorders
- Due to confinement, lack of Vitamin D causes weak bones and aches

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