Understanding Skull Horns: A Modern Health Concern
Recent research by Australian scientists has brought attention to a peculiar physical development known as “enlarged external occipital protuberance” (EEOP), often sensationalized as “skull horns.” Their study, involving 218 young adults aged 18-30, revealed that nearly 40% exhibited these bone growths at the base of their skulls.
What is EEOP?
EEOP, commonly misunderstood as skull horns, is more accurately described as small bony projections. These protrusions, ranging in size from 10 to 30mm, are less like horns and more akin to bumps. Initially expected to be prevalent among older individuals, the study’s findings suggest a surprising trend in younger populations.
The Role of Mobile Devices
While the exact cause of EEOP is still under investigation, there is a growing hypothesis that it might be linked to the posture adopted during extensive use of mobile devices. This “forward head tilt” places additional stress on the muscles at the back of the head, potentially leading to these bone growths. However, it’s crucial to note that direct causation between mobile usage and EEOP hasn’t been conclusively proven.
Why You Shouldn’t Ignore EEOP
Although EEOP itself isn’t harmful, it serves as a warning sign of poor posture. This can lead to more significant issues like chronic headaches, and neck and upper back pain. Recognizing EEOP can be a vital step in addressing these underlying posture-related problems.
The Real Concern: Text Neck
A related concern is “text neck,” a condition arising from prolonged forward head posture during mobile phone use. Research indicates that a 30-degree head tilt, common during phone usage, can increase the stress on the spine significantly. Over time, this can evolve into chronic neck pain and other musculoskeletal issues.
Taking Action: Prevention and Treatment
To mitigate these risks, adopting proper posture and engaging in regular stretching exercises is key. For those experiencing discomfort or limited neck mobility, professional chiropractic care can be an effective solution. Chiropractors can help realign the spine and provide guidance on maintaining healthier postures.
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If you’re experiencing neck aches or restricted neck movement, don’t delay seeking treatment. Chronic pain often worsens if left unaddressed. Contact our certified chiropractors for a consultation and take the first step towards better spinal health.
Dr. Jenny Li is America trained chiropractor who specialises in sports injury, sports performance, and spinal health. She graduated from Palmer College of Chiropractic in United States, upon completion of the her post graduate program she practiced in Hong Kong and currently is practicing in Singapore.