New technology is great. It has really enhanced our lives and changed it for the better. We can do banking, work and importantly connect with people all across the world in an instant. It really is remarkable what technology is capable of.
However this does come at a price and a new report claims the average adult in the UK spends more time on their technology devices than they do sleeping. As a leading Chiropractic Clinic near Chelmsford I feel it is my duty to offer advice to my patients and readers on how to keep their back safe whilst on their technology.
More tech time than sleep time
The average UK adult is said to spend 8.5 hours a day on media and communication activity according to a report by Ofcom. That means we spend more than half of our waking day using technology.
As we continue to develop technology and it grows to be more and more useful it seems that we are pushing sleep aside to make room for it.
What this means on your health
Pushing sleep aside for technology can not be a good thing; we shouldn’t forget the value of sleep. Not only can it affect our ability to perform in work and personal life but a lack of sleep can cause long term problems and stress.
From my point of view as a leading Chiropractic Clinic near Chelmsford all this tech time can also be damaging on your back. Poor posture whilst slouched over a computer, on your phone or tablet or even in bed can damage your back and cause you a great amount of pain and discomfort.
What you can do about it
As a busy Chiropractor near Chelmsford it is my duty to offer advice to my patients on avoiding back pain and the other associated problems with all this ‘tech time’;
Avoid using technology so much – First of all it is a simple one, use technology devices less. This is easier said than down and can only be done if you set strict rules like no phones, TV and computers in the bedroom etc.
Don’t use your phone as an alarm – One of the main reasons we all use our phone before bed and as soon as we wake is because we use our smart phones as an alarm. This means we have it in our hands last thing at night and first thing in the morning.
Avoid poor posture – Finally if you do have to use technology devices or you just want to use them you should avoid poor posture. Stop hunching over your phone or tablet, sit correctly at your computer desk and make sure you get up and move every 40 minutes or so.
If you have any injuries or other concerns please get in touch with us as we offer a lot of help and advice to get you back up and running as soon as possible. You can find us at www.chelmsfordchiropractor.co.uk.