There is no doubt that technology has made our lives easy, but it has also brought its share of problems. As we spend an increasing amount of time at our desks, our bodies have taken a beating due to lack of physical activity. A laptop or computer hunch is one such posture-related health issue which is affecting a large section of the corporate workforce.
The medical term for laptop hunch is postural kyphosis, which is usually the result of bad posture. It refers to a spinal curve that creates a rounded appearance in the back.1 A mild case of postural kyphosis will produce only a slight hunch, whereas a severe case may cause deformity, nerve problems, and pain. There are a few easy steps you can follow to avoid a laptop hunch.
[vs slide=”1″ slide_title=”Keep Your Back Straight”]
1. Keep Your Back Straight
This one is
[vs slide=”2″ slide_title=”Pay Attention To Your Office Ergonomics”]
2. Pay Attention To Your Office Ergonomics
If you need to hunch while working at your desk, it’s likely that your office setup needs a second look. Make sure your chair provides enough lumbar (lower spine) support. Most office chairs come with an adjustable height mechanism. Use it adjust your seating height so that your monitor is slightly below eye level and your hands move comfortably on the keyboard at a 90-degree angle from your arms.
[vs slide=”3″ slide_title=”Avoid Sitting For Too Long”]
3. Avoid Sitting For Too Long
Your body has been designed for movement. Sitting for too long is not the most efficient way to use it. But since your job requires you to be at your desk all day, you can add a little movement by taking short, frequent breaks. If you have a large office, just take a stroll on your office floor or climb up and down a couple of flight of stairs. If that sounds too difficult, the least you can do is stand up from your seat and give yourself a good stretch every once in a while.
[vs slide=”4″ slide_title=”Engage In Physical Activity”]
4. Engage In Physical Activity
Physical exercise need not mean going to the gym and running on the treadmill or lifting weights. Find an activity you enjoy like basketball, power yoga, or dancing, and
[vs slide=”5″ slide_title=”Use A Standing Desk”]
5. Use A Standing Desk
Not all offices have a standing desk but it might be worth your while to talk to your management to install a few standing desks at work. Working on a stand-up desk for some time can offset the time you spend sitting. Adding standing time can ease the pressure on your back and prevent your body from freezing into a sitting posture.
It may not be easy to escape the 8-hour desk job but making small changes at work can help you prevent injury to your spine.
|↑1||A Patient’s Guide to Adult Kyphosis. The University of Maryland Medical Center.|