Lockdown has introduced many new things to us all, not least Zoom! Classes, meetings, quizzes and just catch ups via Zoom, teams, WhatsApp, or other social conferencing sites are taking place daily and will continue to do so, as many of us have made the transition to work-from-home.
With this new way of working and interacting comes a new pain! ‘Tech neck’ issues have become more common in our clinic over these past few months. As the name implies, tech neck is a result of repeatedly hanging your head down and forward to look at your phone or computer screen. Chiropractor Kristine Hagen explains. “For every inch that your head tips forward you add an extra load to the neck muscles. The adult head weighs roughly the same as a bowling ball! Imagine how much harder it is to carry a bowling held out in front of you (like holding your head tipped forwards) as opposed to carrying it close to your body (being upright). These muscles need to counteract this load by locking down, which in turn leads to joint pain, tension headaches, migraines, jaw pain, and tightness in the mid and upper back”.
The transition from working from the office to working at home happened so fast for so many of us and although we may enjoy some of the freedoms it brings, it also brings about discomforts. Often this is down to our posture as we blend home and office work, it sometimes means moving the laptop from dining room to kitchen then up to the bedroom! Completing our work on time, only to relax by checking in on social media, head down, scrolling.
Any changes you make to improve your home workplace will be worth the effort. We appreciate that not everyone is able to create a suitable working space at home, but if you can think through whatever your home office space is and make it more formal, your back and neck will thank you.
Sadly, for many, there appears to be no delineation between work and personal life, so it is all too easy to roll out of bed straight to sitting at your computer, working longer hours, and taking fewer breaks! So, it is even more important that you plan your working from home day so that you start and finish at your chosen time. As our screen/life balance has become skewed over the past year, make a point of switching off screens when you have finished your work so that your head can clear. Schedule regular breaks: set a timer and every twenty minutes get up from your seat, stretch out, walk about for a minute or so, stretch again and then get back to your work.
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