In the western world, we are constantly in a seated position, usually in a chair with a back. Because of this, we often develop severe low to mid back pain later in life. The fact that the majority of us will spend at least some part of our day hunched over a computer keyboard or with our necks bent towards a smart phone screen, we aren’t exactly in the best state of postural health in Australia. The best way to combat this is by maintaining the proper posture throughout the day, and correcting our posture can be a difficult habit to change, especially when it’s so ingrained in us to sit a certain way.
John from Chiropractor Dee Why S3C had the following to say about posture at a computer: “The average person hunches a little forward when using the computer, which exacerbates neck and back problems and results in inflammation and chronic pain in serious cases—especially for those who already have pre-existing issues with their spine,” He advised, “You should be sitting up straight with the elbows bent at a 90-degree angle when using a keyboard, with your feet flat on the ground. This will prevent most postural problems.”
In order to undo years of damage resulting from poor posture, many people visit either a qualified medical professional or an experienced chiropractor to reduce pain and correct problems with the back and neck. Because more people are beginning to work with computers on a daily basis as a part of their profession or for pleasure, it’s important that we all do a little health review and ensure that we’re making good choices for our health both in the long term and the short term. If you’re willing to put a little effort into sitting up straighter, then according to experts, you’ll be in a much better situation down the line.
As always, we seek to educate Australia and push our nation further into the future, and ensuring we’re all in good health is just one of many ways to ensure our dreams become reality.