Sometimes technology doesn’t make our lives easier. In some cases, technology can make things worse.
As electronics continue to improve, sedentary positions in the workplace and at home become more common, said Dr. Michael Gergovich, chiropractor at Gergovich Family Chiropractic in La Salle.
As the world becomes more computer- and phone-dominated, chiropractors are seeing an increase in pain for the neck and upper back, Gergovich said.
After being on a computer all day at work, many people go home and pull out a cell phone, an iPad or a laptop.
“For most of the day, many workers are hunched over, looking down at devices all day,” he said. “Over time, that bad posture just makes things worse.”
The La Salle chiropractor provided some tips for better posture at work:
• Be eye level with your screen (you don’t want to be looking down).
• Don’t cross your legs or sit on your legs.
• Keep both feet on the ground with an even weight on your feet and buttcheeks.
• Don’t sit on a wallet.
• While sitting, it’s helpful to keep the side of your hip bone a little higher than the side of your knee.
• Someone who’s shorter and whose feet don’t touch the floor will benefit from putting something underneath so their feet are flat.
• A headset is a better idea for people constantly answering phones during the day (people tend to shift their bodies when answering phones).
• “What people aren’t aware of is a lot of employers will pay to improve your ergonomics at work if there’s a note from your doctor,” he said. (Ergonomics is the study of people’s efficiency in their working environment. An “ergonomic” chair or a stand-up desk might be the right solution for you).
• Poor posture and ergonomics leads to anything from pain and discomfort to numbness and tingling in the extremities.
• Most insurance plans include some sort of chiropractic coverage; it just depends if you will have a deductible or copay.