The importance of correct posture when using electronic devices The importance of correct posture when using electronic devices

The importance of correct posture when using electronic devices

May 11, 2020

By Jacob Keiller: Chiropractor Victoria Point Chiropractic 

As a result of the Covid-19 health crisis, more people are now working and studying from home. However, people mention they are often lazier with their posture at home, than when in the workplace or an educational institution.

It is very common after a long stint of looking down at a computer or phone to feel locked in that position and/or experience neck pain and headaches.

Anatomically, we are designed to have our head and neck straight and only bend and twist our head for short periods. With desk work, mobile phone use and study, our heads can be in forward flexion for prolonged periods of time and that places a lot of strain on the upper body. It has been shown that for every 15 degrees of forward neck flexion, you are adding about 4.9Kg of pressure on the base of your neck and upper back.

Besides neck pain and headaches, symptoms can include:

  • Tight shoulders
  • Stiff thumbs
  • Hand and arm numbness
  • Hand trembling
  • Blurry vision

So, what can be done about this? A few modifications can make your head and neck positioning a lot easier on your body and help prevent symptoms. They can include:

  • Raising the computer monitor so that it is directly at eye level
  • Holding your phone directly across from your face at eye level and actively try to decrease the amount of time you spend on your mobile device.

Take care and make an appointment to see a chiropractor should you suffer from symptoms associated with poor posture.


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