Why trust the health of your back to someone else?
Is your back hurting? Just a bit? Does your head extend forwards like a tortoise? Just how long have you been sitting at your computer since you last stretched? How long have you spent at your desk today? One hour? Two?
Welcome to the modern world! The headache and tension neck pain that never go away are caused by how you sit at your desk – and spending more than eight hours a day hunched over a hot computer screen is taking a terrible toll on the health of all of us.
Most people have to spend some time working in an office – even if it’s not there regular job. Physical health problems tend to accumulate without us noticing – until it becomes a major problem requiring full-on medical intervention. Even those sport professionals who do not have a medical degree can give you great exercises and tips on what to look out for.
We’ve come a long way with all manner of labour-saving devices, things designed to free up time and do away with repetitive tasks in our jobs and at home. Our gain has also become our loss. Our modern, sedentiary lifestyles are slowly killing us.
The ultimate labour-saving device is the computer. We work and play on our computers for prolonged periods, often in artificially lit offices with controlled temperatures. We sit according to how our working environment is set up, which doesn’t always take the human into account. We have become less aware of our bodies and how they work, merely ‘checking in’ when there’s something wrong.
Have a look around, notice how many people are sitting with their heads forward at the computer screen, shoulders hunched. This Forward Head Posture becomes a habit very quickly, bringing with it many seemingly unconnected health issues, from a lack of confidence to severe head, neck or back pains. Read the rest of this entry »