Hello Everyone, and welcome to this year’s Chiropractic Awareness Week! This year’s theme is to give your back a break from technology, so between the 10th and 16th April we’ll be giving you daily videos and advice on our website and our Facebook on how to break free from your technology!
New consumer research from the British Chiropractic Association has revealed that computers are now the top tech back pain trigger for people in the East Midlands. Over a third of those surveyed had experienced back or neck pain after using their laptop, and another third experienced pain after using a desktop computer. But despite these figures, under a fifth of surveyed people in the East Midlands have either limited or stopped using their laptop due to concerns for their health & posture, and that figure is even lower for desktop computer users.
We all know how easy it is to become glued to your tech. Our devices have become such an integral part of our lives, it’s become incredibly easy to spend almost your entire day looking at screens. Wake up in the morning, check your phone. Head to work, probably using a computer all day, head home to watch some TV, play some games, do some work on your laptop/computer/tablet, then before you know it back to bed and check your phone one last time before sleep. That is a huge amount of screen-time and it is so easily done.
But we at Beeston Chiropractic are on a mission to change this. We are very much aware of the irony in telling you to use screens less, from a screen… BUT! the key is finding the balance between screen-life and real-life. It’s important to think about the impact technology is having on our back and neck health, as well as our posture, and our mental health too. We’re not saying stop using tech altogether as that would be nigh-on impossible, but it’s important to think about limiting the amount of time you spend using it and start building regular breaks into your day so you can give your back a rest.
There are so many different ways you can help yourself, and throughout this week we’ll be giving you our best tips, tricks and advice on how to avoid that technology!And to give you a bit of extra incentive, we’ll be holding a few competitions for you on our Facebook page, with lots of great prizes to be won! So keep checking back daily for updates and for your chance to win!