New technology is amazing. It has really enhanced our lives and changed it for the better. We can do our work, research, banking, shopping, watch films and connect with people all across the world in an instant. It is remarkable what technology is capable of.
However this does come at a price and a new report claims the average adult in the UK spends more time on their technology devices than they do sleeping. As a leading North London Chiropractor I feel it is my duty to offer advice to my patients and readers on how to keep their back and neck safe whilst on their technology devises.
More tech time than sleep time:
The average UK adult is said to spend 8.5 hours a day on media and communication activity according to a report by Ofcom. That means we spend more than half of our waking day using technology.
As we continue to develop technology and it grows to be more and more useful it seems that we are pushing sleep aside to make room for it.
What this means for your health:
Pushing sleep aside for technology cannot be a good thing; we shouldn’t forget the value of sleep. Not only can it affect our ability to perform in work and personal life but a lack of sleep can cause long term problems and stress.
From my point of view as a leading North London chiropractor, all this tech time can also be damaging on your neck and back. Poor posture whilst slouched over a computer, on your phone or tablet or even in bed can damage your neck and back and cause you a great amount of pain and discomfort.
What you can do about it:
As a busy North London Chiropractor, I would like to offer advice to my patients on how to avoid neck and back pain and the other associated problems caused by all this tech time:
Avoid using technology too much – some people enforce this by setting strict rules like no phones, TV and computers in the bedroom etc.
If you use your lap top for long periods it is much better to use an external screen as this will help to avoid neck tension. Also, always put your lap top on a table and not on your lap – again to avoid excessive neck tension.
Avoid poor posture – Stop hunching over your phone or tablet, always try and sit with a straight back and if you are doing a lot of typing, use your computer rather than your smart phone as this will involve less slouching. It’s also a good idea to make sure you get up and move around every 40 minutes or so.
If you have any injuries or other concerns please get in touch with us as we offer a lot of help and advice to get your neck and back up and running as soon as possible. You can contact us at the Muswell Hill Chiropractic clinic on 020 8442 008.