Chiropractic Care for Computer Users
By Stephen R. Farris
We spend countless hours -- sometimes on a daily basis -- with our heads buried in some type of electronic device. It could be sitting at a desk all day staring at a computer screen, or looking down at a handheld device, such as a smartphone or tablet.
Whichever the case may be, the result of our constant computer indulgence takes its toll on our back, neck and shoulders. And in the worst cases, you might even feel tingling sensations in your hands and fingers.
There may be a simple solution to some of these conditions, and all you really have to do is to adjust the angle, or basically, adjust the way you view the screen.
Your doctor or chiropractor may suggest some of the following tips if you use a smartphone or tablet.
- Purchase a case that props up your tablet so you can view it at a comfortable angle.
- Take breaks. At least every 15 minutes or so.
- Stand up or sit down. Reverse the two positions every now and then.
If you prefer viewing media, or working from a laptop or desktop, then try these tips out.
- Use an external keyboard.
- Keep your arms close to your body and your shoulders should feel relaxed as well.
- Make sure your hands, wrists, forearms and thighs are parallel to the floor.
Another guideline when using a laptop or desktop, is to make sure you are practicing good posture. This means sitting up straight and with your head level, not looking down or bent to one side or the other. You should also choose a chair that provides good lumbar support for your back. You can also use a small pillow to help if your chair is not designed to give support for your lumbar muscles.
When you start to feel aches and pain in your back, neck or joints, then you should probably consult your local chiropractor, like the ones found at The Joint Chiropractic. Their highly trained chiropractors can talk with you about the pain you are feeling, and suggest treatment options to help you get relief. No appointment is necessary to see a chiropractor at any of their 500-plus nationwide locations.
To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Atlanta, Ga.