If you have to spend time in front of a computer screen, you are aware of the aches and pains associated with extended screen-time effects.  Finding a way to cope with muscle aches and stiffness related to your job can be an ongoing struggle. In our ever-increasing, technology-rich society, finding ways to improve posture, neck and back support is critical.  Poor posture and repetitive motion can cause degenerative disc disease. This article will focus on tips and suggestions to help alleviate computer-related work injuries.

Head Aches and Neck Aches

Headaches and neck aches can often accompany computer work.  In addition to simple eye strain from staring at the computer, you could be experiencing “text neck”.  Physicians have actually coined this phrase to address the condition many people are experiencing as a result of holding the head at a downward 45-degree angle.  Being mindful that this condition can cause undue stress is key. Try some of the following exercises with working on the computer or looking at a tablet or phone:

  • Lengthen the neck by raising and lowering the chin in a slow nodding motion.
  • Move the head from side to side toward each should.
  • Roll head around alternating between clockwise and counterclockwise.
  • Shrug shoulders and rotate shoulders back.

These gentle motions done every hour can seriously reduce strain and irritation related to computer work.  

Seating Types

Making sure to have a proper chair is one of the best things to do to prevent injury associated with kyphosis.  Kyphosis is excessive curvature of the back. This condition can begin by sitting hunched over at the computer. Ergonomic seating options, wobble chairs, balance ball chairs and wobble stools are just some of the options available to help you remain mindful of your posture during computer work.  If these options are unavailable, make sure your chair is adjusted properly so your feel rest firmly on the floor and your wrists rest at a comfortable right angle while typing.

Lower Back Support

Sitting for an extended period of time can cause stress and strain on the lower lumbar.  There are different types of supports and cushions to add to seating that can help relieve strain on the lower back.  Once an hour, stand and bend over to touch your toes. Raise up and stretch your arms overhead. Twist with your hands on your hips looking over your shoulder on each side.  These simple motions will help alleviate tension in the lower back.

Leg Pain and Stiffness

If you notice your legs becoming achy and restless after extended time at the computer, get up and move.  The body is not designed to be sedentary. Standing, walking around and squatting can increase blood flow to the legs and immediately help relieve any tingling sensations.  Lunges and calf stretches can also help improve muscle stiffness related to sitting for too long.

Ongoing Therapy to Cure Computer-Related Aches

If working at the computer is an unavoidable by-product of your job, Dover Chiropractic and Rehabilitation Center is committed to helping treat conditions developed as a result of prolonged work on the computer.  Adjustments and alternate therapies can offer relief beyond taking pills to treat headaches and body aches. Call today so we can help you enjoy pain-free living.