Text neck is the term US chiropractor Dr Dean L. Fishman coined to describe the neck pain and damage sustained from looking down at your cell phone, tablet or other wireless device for extended periods of time. A recent article on Entrepreneur.com, 4 Ways to Fight ‘Text Neck’ and Get Moving at Work by Brian Shapland, notes that “People in offices today are sitting too much or in ways that hurt their bodies and physicians routinely point to movement as a solution for improved health”.
Here is Mr. Shapland’s number one option to consider:
Supply an office chair built to support work.
For ongoing research, done by office furniture manufacturer, Steelcase, more than 11,000 workers around the world had been surveyed by this winter, finding that 45 percent used three devices (a laptop, a tablet and a smartphone) and 13 percent used four devices.
When offices fail to properly support technology use, people spend a lot of time bent forward, head dropped. While individuals may not give it much thought, working this way puts pressure on the neck and spine. In fact, the human head weighs on average about 10 pounds. But bent at a 15-degree angle, the head adds 27 pounds of pressure to the neck. At a 60-degree angle, it exerts 60 extra pounds of pressure.
An easy way to help offset some of the damage done by sitting for hours at a time is to invest in a solid office chair. Buy an ergonomically designed chair to support your back and neck and that provides comfort during long workdays. Look for features like adjustable armrests that let you move around READ MORE
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