While fun and efficient, our much-loved technological devices could be the cause of bad posture and resulting back and neck pain…
Technology is increasingly becoming part of our everyday life. Everywhere you look people are surfing the net on their computers, writing a text message on their mobile phone or using a tablet to watch a video, which means a considerable amount of our time is being spent hunched over looking at a screen. It goes without saying that our techno devices bring a lot of fun and efficiency into our lives, but they can also, unfortunately bring a multitude of problems for our backs and necks, which is why correct posture when you are spending a lot time in front of a screen is extremely important.
To ensure your posture is correct as possible follow these simple Do’s and Don’t’s:
- Try out new gadgets before you buy them to make sure they’re comfortable to use and spend time setting them up in a way that works well for you
- Make sure that you always sit with your head directly over your body as the head is a heavy which can put unnecessary strain on your neck and back if it is tilted forward from a safe, neutral position
- Take the time to break position on a regular basis and stretch your arms, shrug your shoulders and move your fingers around when using your mobile, smartphone, laptop or tablet, as this helps to keep the muscles more relaxed
- Ensure your chair has an adequate back support when sitting in front of a computer at a desk
- Take regular breaks to rest eyes, neck and shoulders
- Stand up and walk around at least once an hour
- Relax your wrists while typing.
- Get too engrossed in what you are doing and forget how long you have been using your tech device in bed; if you are still planning to surf/text/play on your devices in bed, set an alarm to remind you to pack it away and get some much needed sleep
- Slouch, use a low table or cross your legs while sitting at a desk in front of your computer screen
- Sit in the same position while using your tech device for too long at a time
- Tense your neck, shoulders or wrist.
From the team at Heale's Chiropractic Clinics
Over 30 years of helping people in Hitchin and Luton and the surrounding areas of Hertfordshire and Bedfordshire