Modern life is full of technology. We use it every day. From the car we drive to the laptop at home to the smart phone in our pocket. We are connected to technology more than ever and it has changed the way we do things.
Today we can do everything in an instant, the answers to most of our questions are there on the internet and many parts of our lives are made easier. The chances are very high that we won’t go one day without interacting with new technology.
Whilst we get a lot of benefits from using modern technology there are downsides. The hours you spend texting and sitting at your computer desk comes with side-effects. Have you ever noticed any back and neck pains after spending a significant amount of time on your computer or texting? The root of the problem with back, neck and shoulder pain is poor posture.
As a leading Chiropractor in North London I am often asked for advice on healing back and neck pains. I am happy and able to do this but my best piece of advice is prevention. So at my Muswell Hill Chiropractic Clinic I often advise my patients on methods of prevention.
Use the following tips to avoid stress on your back, neck, shoulders and arms:
- Avoid hunching over your phone – Poor posture leads to back pain, maintain a good posture whilst texting to avoid this.
- Sit upright with your head directly over your body – Your head is heavy and letting it drop too much can cause a lot of strain on your neck and back.
- When using a computer ensure you set your chair and desk up to make it optimal for you. This means your seat should be adjusted so that your feet are flat on the floor, your knees bent but with a slope from your hips to knees. Your eyes should be level with the top of the computer screen.
It is also important to sit in a relaxed manner – ensure your bottom is against the back of the seat with your shoulder blades touching the back rest of the chair, your arms should be flat and level with the desk.
- Make sure you keep stretching and keep loose.
- Avoid staying in one position for long periods of time – Move around, loosen up and give your body a break every 40 minutes or so.
Back pain can have serious effects on your quality of life. With technology playing an increasingly bigger part in day to day life it is important you consider the above tips to avoid back pain.
If you feel like you need any further advice or a one-to-one session to avoid any back and neck pains please contact us at the Muswell Hill Chiropractic Clinic on 020 8442 008.