I find myself often educating a lot of my clients on how to conquer bad back ergonomics. They are on the exam table all hunched over, and it makes it very hard to do a thorough exam, let alone lead to other health complications. A lot of people like my clients are under the false impression that things like posture, and position don’t make a huge difference in their overall health, but if we take a careful examination of the wellness of people who have developed bad habits with their posture, it tells a very different story. I find that there are a lot of things you can do to protect your general wellness when it comes to the proper ways in which you hold your body. Today, in the next few paragraphs I am going to dialogue with you about good habits that can help keep you from the unpleasant consequences of bad back posture and eye strain that unfortunately is on the rise do to the huge increase in the amount of time we all spend on our computer devices. Let’s take a look.
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To Help with Posture
- Watch Your Keyboard Habits
Over the last 20 years, more and more people have gotten away from proper typing technique, which has resulted in many cases of injury. The most common types of injuries occur simply because many users tend to use too much force when typing on the keyboard. These hundreds and thousands of repeated strikes against the hard plastic can cause pain and inflammation in the joints extended up to your wrists.
Even holding your devices too tightly can cause major disruptions in blood flow and swelling in impacted points on your hands. One such example is the strain that comes from gripping the mouse to hard. Your hand should be draped over the mouse while your hand is relaxed. Another solution would be to try using a different type of pointer device like a trackball mouse.
You can also get a wrist rest to put behind your keyboard to level out your wrist position and help you decrease getting Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
2. Your Sitting Position
Specialists warn that imbalance in the way you sit could easily throw your body out of alignment. The resulting strain on your hips and lower back increases your chances of injury.
If you begin to feel a strain or soreness in your lower back, you can help take the pressure off of your lower back by slowly and attentively stretching your hamstrings.
You should also get up every hour or so to stretch your back. If you want to go one step further, you can get an orthopedic back support chair cushion.
3. Be Sure to Have Good Posture
In order to make sure that you’re not straining any parts of your back, it’s essential to have good posture. Always sit with your back straight and fully against the back of the chair. For good circulation, your feet should rest on top of something. Keep your wrists as straight as possible and avoid sudden snappy turns or twists at the waist.
4. Repeating the Same Motion Can Cause Injury
Another really important thing to watch for, is any sort of repeated movement. Repeated movements can cause inflamed areas or soreness in your joints. Do your best to take frequent breaks from these movements by finding another task that you can do from time to time to limit the impact on your joint comfort.
To Reduce Eye Strain
- Hydrate Well Throughout the Day
Sometimes, your eye health can be changed by a small modification in the amount of liquids that you drink in a day. Making sure that you are properly hydrated can help to reduce the amount of eye irritation that you experience, because having your eyes open during the day dries out your eyes, and if you haven’t been properly hydrated, it’s a lot more difficult for your body to help your eyes to remain properly moistened. Make sure that you get enough water, and less sugary soft drinks in your daily liquid intake.
2. Get Some Brighter Lights
One thing that a lot of people fail to realize is that their lighting might not be adequate enough to carry out daily tasks. In an attempt to save money, some people purchase very low wattage bulbs. Many of these bulbs will save money but sacrifice the health of your eyes resulting in straining to focus while reading, viewing entertainment, taking care of chores and other activities. There are a variety of stronger low wattage bulbs available for you to use these days.
You can also make adjustments to your home or office to accommodate more natural light entering in, such as placing your work desk near a window or a well lite area.
3. Rest Your Eyes Frequently
It’s always a good idea to take some time to rest your eyes. This can be done in a variety of ways. You can take naps, but you can also take time to cover your eyes with your hands. This gives your eyes a chance to rest without having to adjust any muscles for a short period of time. You can even buy an eye cover for short breaks so that you can have your hands free.
4. Talk to Your Eye Care Specialist
If you’ve been doing your best to care for your eyes and they continue to be sore and in pain, then I highly recommend that you go to your medical provider or ophthalmologist to get checked out. Eye pain and soreness can be a sign of many other types of illness, so you will want to catch it quickly before it becomes a more serious issue.
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