Many of our Sacramento patients at Body Fix Therapies present with painful symptoms of bad posture related to their desk job. Staring at the computer while falling into habits that strain their muscles leads to discomfort, abnormalities and pain. What causes this pain and what are the symptoms of bad computer posture?
It’s All About Your Spine
Do you often find yourself craning forward, your head in front, as you get closer to your computer screen? If so, you are putting ever-increasing amounts of stress on your spine and the muscles of your neck and shoulders. The weight of the skull is meant to rest on the spine in a nearly vertical fashion, but if you crane forward, now your muscles and spine must work harder to support your head.
To illustrate, hold something heavy directly over your head. Now bring your outstretched arm out in front of you. Does the item start to seem heavier? When the weight is straight overhead, your bones support your effort. When it’s out in front, your muscles must handle the load alone. Now consider that the skull weighs at least ten pounds, and you begin to see the extra stress caused by stretching your head forward, in front of your body, in order to see your screen more clearly.
Symptoms of Bad Computer Posture
If you find yourself in this poor position while working, you may also notice that you suffer from one or more of the following symptoms:
- Chronic pain in the neck, shoulders and back, made worse by the end of the workday
- Perpetually rounded shoulders or a humped back
- A constant forward-tilting head position
- Tight neck and chest muscles
- Degenerating discs, especially in the neck and upper spine
- Muscle spasms
- Headaches or migraines
Besides these complications, there are many other problems and pains that are caused by bad computer posture. Honestly, there are too many to list! The important thing is to realize that your mysterious and unexplained maladies may simply be related to bad ergonomics.
In our next article, Body Fix Therapies of Sacramento will present how you can avoid the bad neck posture that leads to pain and discomfort from computer use at home and at work. Better ergonomics can help you solve your problems quickly. For more information now and to consult with one of our therapists if you have any of the above symptoms, please contact us via our website or at 916-488-4223.