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The Computer Epidemic

By Jamie Schneider, RMT

 

Yep! Those machines we know and love, that help us in so many ways, that we spend so much time with… they are really bad our health and our bodies!

 

Computer Epidemicep·i·dem·icnoun, a widespread occurrence of an infectious disease in a community at a particular time.

 

I understand the irony of this blog. Sitting on my couch hunched over a laptop. I am not saying computers are the enemy. We need them. Many of us spend all day with them and can’t do our jobs without them.

But the sad fact is the way the majority of the population uses computers, is hurting them. Do you spend your day at a computer? 8hours? A little more or less?

How does your neck feel? How about your shoulders? Soar, achy, tired? Low back pain? How far has it gone? Tingling and numbness in your hands?

It’s not something to get used to! It’s not normal! It is not something you have to live with! This is your body in pain. Pain is your body telling you something is wrong.

What can you do? Great question!

When was the last time you took a big, full, wonderful, deep breath?

I hope you just did… I did and it felt great! Sitting hunched over at a computer compresses our lungs and makes us take tiny shallow breaths. Our brains need oxygen to work, wonder why we get tired at work, hmm?

How often do you get up from the computer during the day? Humans are not made to sit all day. We are made to move and use more muscles than just our mouse hand. Our bodies protest this stillness with pain. Listen to your body!

Do you pay attention to how you sit at your desk? How is your posture? There are so many small adjustments you can make to feel better: slide closer to your desk, sit on the edge of your chair, place your feet flat on the floor and make sure your knees are at about a 90 degree angle, roll your shoulders back, and many more.

Give it a try next time you are at the computer:

  1. Take a deep breath!
  2. Get up and move around.
  3. Take a break. Move your eyes away from the screen and take your hand off the mouse.
  4. Adjust your posture.
  5. Stretch, move those achy muscles.
  6. Listen to your body!

Let’s take the epidemic out off computers and turn them back into a useful tool again. Time for me to get up and move…

 

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