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Using computers and back ache

Using computers and back acheFor many years I worked in offices and ended up sitting for far too long at a computer screen. Here I am right this second doing the same thing, and as I think about it I automatically straighten my back and become aware of my posture.

I was reading an article on Facebook the other day about exactly this subject, and I shared it at the time. Here is the link, and it really does not make for cheery reading (sorry about that!) I know myself that I end up with blurry eyes, and a stiff back and painful neck. It is my body rebelling – but how often do I listen?

Things have Using computers and back achechanged so much over the last century; we weren’t built to be sitting all day. Years ago it was normal to spend our waking hours mostly on our feet but now the average office worker sits at their desk up to 9 hours a day. Then when we get home we sit on the couch with a sigh of relief.

The thing is, we don’t always have a lot of choice, do we, because of our Using computers and back achejob? In one place I worked there was one guy who had a standing desk, have you heard of those? I had never seen one before. I asked why and was told he suffered from back problems. I can’t see that happening with the majority of office workers, he was a director so I guess he could have whatever he liked. I wonder what it would be like to stand up whilst working in an office – has anyone tried it?

I read an article earlier where a guy recommended standing their desk higher by using the waste-bin and piles of books. Can you imagine the Health and Safety guys would have a field day, and you would get some real funny looks from your colleagues! Maybe not quite such a practical idea, but definitely inventive.

So, on a positive note here are some of my suggestions.

• The top of your computer screen should be level with your eyes so you should only need to look downwards about 10 degrees. It is any lower then you end up tilting your head in a downward direction and then you may experience back and neck pain. Alternatively if the screen is too high, you can get dry eyes. (I am now looking at my screen, it’s a laptop, and it is too low – need to adjust!)

• Go for a walk at lunchtimes and break times. I know it rains a lot in the UK. Take a brolly, Using computers and back achemake sure you have a rain proof jacket; you will honestly feel better for even just a ten minute walk.

• Park the car at the furthest space away from the office door that you can!

• Set an alarm on your phone for 30 minutes and focus and work really hard for that time, and then take a five minute walk around the office, to the bathroom, to the water fountain, anything. It saves you getting burnt out so you will be more productive. Repeat!

Here’s a nice 10 minute You Tube video with some simple exercises you can do while sitting at your desk.  There are lots of other little videos out there too, not all great, some better than others.

• If you live in the Milton Keynes, Northampton or Daventry area, why not book a relaxing Bowen Therapy session or Aromatherapy massage with me.

I hope you have found this useful. Any comments? Things you have tried? Looking forward to your feedback.

Sue