Because technology plays such a huge part of everyday life, people are spending more and more time sitting at their desks at our computers, sometimes using bad posture. Bad posture causes neck pain, back pain, and many other preventable conditions. Fortunately, there are ways to prevent injuries from technology and back pain.
How Bad Posture Causes Back Pain
You may not notice any soreness while sitting with poor posture at first. Before you know it, however, the stress that poor posture places on your spine can change the curvature your spine. This in turn can provoke back pain through the constriction of your blood vessels and nerves. In addition, the stress from poor posture can lead to back pain by causing problems with your muscles, discs, and joints.
Technology and Back Pain
Although there have been many advances when it comes to technology and back pain, some older and outdated things are still being commonly used. Nowadays, items such as customized office chairs, back pads and neck pads are slowly making technology and back pain less of a concern.
Everyday Methods For Preventing Back Pain
It's easy to forget about your posture when you’re exercising or running errands, but your posture is no less important when you’re walking than when you’re sitting. While walking, it's important to look straight ahead of you and to keep your head balanced straight above your spine. Additionally, remain tall, avoid slouching your shoulders while you are walking, and make sure to land on your heel and then roll forward to push off the front of your foot.
Sit with support
Most people will spend at least eight hours every day sitting at a desk. When sitting down for long periods at a time, it is imperative that you sit without using bad posture. Especially in the later part of the sitting day, you may not notice that you are starting to hunch over in your chair. sitting at the front of their chair and hunching forward to reach your computer screen can easily cause neck pain, back pain and other long lasting damage. .
Instead of hunching forward, here is how to sit with proper posture at your office:
- Keep your back pressed against your chair with your shoulders tall and your head level over your spine.
- When sitting down and using a keyboard, keep your arms flexed at a 75 to 90 degree angle at the elbows.
- Keep your knees level with your hips.
- When either sitting or walking, keep your feet flat on the floor.
Improper lifting techniques can cause injury to the muscles, joints, and discs in your back. To help you avoid back pain, here are three simple rules for lifting both light and heavy objects:
- Keep your chest forward, keep your back straight, bend your hips and not your lower back and keep your chest out.
- Lead with your hips. When changing directions while lifting, lead with your hips to avoid placing additional strain on your back.
- Keep weight close to your body. Keep the object you are lifting as close to your body as possible
By regularly making these subtle every efforts, you can keep yourself from neck pain and back pain. If symptoms get worse, set up an initial appointment with the best spine surgeon in Houston, Dr. Badlani, today!