It can either be a positive or negative influence on your spinal health, depending on how proactive you are in the workplace. Tech pain is a dystopian 21st century term that encompasses conditions like:
The workplace is a battleground for your spine
- Text neck
- Gamer’s thumb
- Tennis elbow
- Lower back pain
- Systemic muscle tension and stiffness
- Piriformis syndrome
…especially when they develop from overuse of technology, poor ergonomics, lack of attention to posture and inactivity.
Workplace wellness means a change in the way we think about our bodies in a work setting
If you are like the majority of Americans, you are spending up to 23 hours a week in front of a device (we would wager many more for some). Most of that time will be in a position that is not natural for our spines- whether it be head forward, shoulders rounded, or sitting with the lumbar unsupported. So the first step toward establishing workplace wellness is being aware of how we interact with technology. Make sure that your work station is properly adjusted so that you are forced into working in a healthy posture.
The next step is to take frequent breaks from technology, whether they be micro-breaks at your desk that involve quick stretches; or longer breaks that involve walking, drinking water and generally alleviating the tension that accrues during a day at the office. If you are interested in getting real about workplace wellness, please don’t hesitate to give our office in Houston a call to schedule an appointment today.