As a busy chiropractor in Ealing, I treat many patients who suffer with spinal and joint related problems, headaches, sports and work injuries and posture related problems. But in recent years, I have noticed that an increasing proportion of our clients are suffering from conditions related to their sedentary lifestyles.
These patients often have poor posture caused by excessive sitting, which results in back pain and various musculoskeletal disorders. To help them, I implement a treatment plan involving a combination of chiropractic adjustments, physical exercise, and lifestyles changes. This improves their posture, realigns joints, and strengthens important muscles, ultimately relieving their pain.
A from the (BCA) has identified one of the most common causes of people leading a sedentary lifestyle — technology. The article suggests that technology has the biggest growing impact on people’s back health. In this post, I’ll delve into this research to offer some tips for staying healthy while using technology.
Technology and Back Pain
The BCA article shares some shocking statistics which clearly highlight the impact of a sedentary lifestyle. The authors cite a survey that found 70% of chiropractors have treated patients with injuries linked to sedentary lifestyle habits. The most common of these habits being screen time (78%), commuting (88%) and sitting for too long (93%).
These statistics were generated by a survey of BCA members from across the UK. The survey also found that there is an increase in the number of children who are experiencing health problems relating to screen time. 68% of chiropractors surveyed said that they have recently treated children for issues relating to excessive screen time.
In one instance, a chiropractor reported that a 4 year old child complained of back pain after using a tablet device for several hours each day. This highlights how excessive use of electronic devices can even affect young children who shouldn’t normally be suffering from back pain.
As mentioned in the BCA article, lower back pain is the world’s leading cause of disability. So, if the overuse of electronic devices is causing you lower back pain, it is important to address the issue as soon as possible.
How Do Electronic Devices Cause Back Pain?
There are several ways that electronic devices can affect the health of your musculoskeletal system. The use of electronic devices encourages you to spend more time sitting down. This can cause some muscles to waste away and affects the elasticity of ligaments and tendons — which increases the likelihood of back pain occurring.
You are also more likely to spend time looking down when using electronic devices like tablets and mobile phones. This can lead to forward head posture, also called “text neck”. It can also cause rounded shoulders and other postural problems that lead to back pain. We have noticed more patients visiting a chiropractic clinic in Ealing seeking chiropractic help to fix “text neck”.
Tips For Improving Your Back Health
Fortunately, these are several actions you can take to make the use of technology safer for your body. They include:
Sit up straight
Be mindful of your posture when watching television, using a mobile device, to sitting in front of a computer. When sitting, ensure that your back is supported at the base of the seat and that you are looking forward. Keep your head position directly above your torso, so you aren’t placing excessive strain on your neck, shoulders and back.
Move about more often
Movement helps the body’s muscles and joints stay healthy. Unfortunately, using technology often forces the user to remain in a fixed position for a long time. Counteract the sedentary nature of most technological devices by moving about frequently.
Get up from your desk at least once every 30 minutes and walk around or get a cup of tea. You can incorporate some gentle stretched or exercises into these breaks.
Make sure your workspace is ergonomic
If you are forced to be on a computer for several hours, make sure your workspace is comfortable to use. Use an ergonomic chair and make sure it is correctly set up for your body. Think about ways to make the other parts of your office ergonomic and easier to use, including your desk, computer, phone, and other key objects.
The BCA has developed a programme that consists of three-minute exercises designed to help to avoid technology-related back pain. These exercises promote movement and improve balance, strength, and flexibility. .
If you are suffering from back pain or poor posture relating to a sedentary lifestyle our experienced team of Ealing chiropractors are here to help you. Call The Spine Joint Centre on 020 8900 9004 to book an appointment.