How to Avoid Back, Neck, and Shoulder Pain

Back, neck, and shoulder pain

Back, neck and shoulder pain is fast becoming accepted as part of everyday life.

With so many of us office-based and sat in front of computers, in meetings, in aeroplanes or cars most of the day, it’s no wonder we’re dogged by aches and pains.

Years ago, before the onset of technology, we were far more active. However, today’s sedentary lifestyles and working environments are the root cause of our growing ailments.

Technology is to blame for our back, neck, and shoulder pain

Technology has been a fabulous time-saver in the workplace. It has enabled us to do things we never before dreamed of. In light of our growing awareness of climate change, it’s allowed businesses to reduce travel times. Instead of flying halfway around the world for a meeting, video conferencing is cutting costs and emissions.

However, on the downside, technology encourages us to sit for hours. However, our bodies aren’t designed to do that.  But the problem isn’t purely down to the computer. It comes down to our posture.

Improving your posture will reduce aches and pains

The plus side of this is that something can be done about it – and it doesn’t take massive changes to make a difference.

Never sit longer than 40 minutes without getting up and walking around to stretch your legs.

Think about your posture while you’re seated. The correct desk posture is feet on the floor, your bottom and shoulder blades pushed into the back of the chair.  Ideally, use a chair with armrests, so your arms are bent at 90 degrees and are flat on the desk.  Your eyes should be level with the top of the screen.

If you use a laptop, you’re always looking down, forcing your neck muscles to support the weight of your head.  Get a stand with a mobile keyboard and mouse and always rest your laptop on a table, not on your lap.

Small changes like these can make a big difference to your general health and wellbeing. Give them a go and say goodbye to neck, shoulder, and back pain.

MPM Computer Consultancy provides IT Services, Support and Training to sole traders and small businesses in Ipswich, Bury St Edmunds, and surrounding villages.