Modern life hard on our backs
THE most common position of our spines throughout most of the day is a rounded or hunched one.
Modern activities, such as using a smartphone, tablet or laptop, cause us to bend our neck and upper back.
If you don’t change your activity and move in a different way, the stiffness can build, making it harder to straighten your spine.
If you experience neck pain after working at your desk, it may be a sign your spine is developing stiffness.
Here’s an exercise you can try: sit tall, feet on the floor, with your arms by your sides and palms facing forward. Pull your shoulders back and squeeze your shoulder blades together.
Reach towards the ground with your fingers and gently tuck in your chin while lengthening the back of your neck. Keep your eyes facing forward and feel the back of your neck stretching.
Hold this position for five to 10 seconds and repeat five to 10 times every 30 minutes.
Working on a laptop can result in more hunched posture than working at a PC workstation.
If you must work on a laptop, try placing it on top of some books to raise the height of the display so your eyes align with the top third of the screen, and add a separate keyboard that sits on your desk.
And whatever you do, do not use your laptop extensively while sitting on the couch or bed, where it will be impossible to assume a posture that doesn’t strain your neck or back muscles.
These steps will help prevent a hunchback and contribute to improving your overall health.
This article is originally from and courtesy of The Conversation.