Your future self will thank you.
How and when you move is a huge part of creating a strong foundation of health. Daily exercise matters, but so does how we do our jobs and other daily activities. These 3 simple tips can have a long-lasting impact on the natural curve of your neck and your health. Taking care of your neck impacts your posture, reduces headaches, and will even increase your productivity by reducing fatigue and discomfort.
- Your computer monitor should be at eye level and directly in front of you. We want to keep you in a neutral position while you work. If you are using a laptop, you should be using an adjustable laptop riser. They are only about $30 on Amazon. When using a laptop riser you should also use a secondary keyboard and mouse. Laptops are great for portability but not great for ergonomics.
- Look for standing workstation options. The 3 main options are to purchase a standing desk, use a desktop option like a Varidesk, or you can simply utilize your laptop riser at a counter or on a shelf to implement intermittent standing. I always recommend identifying tasks that you will do while standing to break up your day. At the very least stand while on the phone, and brainstorming. Studies suggest that men who sit more than 6 hours a day have a 20% higher mortality rate & women have a 40% higher mortality rate.
- Hold your phone at eye level. Try to avoid having your phone in your lap where you are having to flex your head and neck forward to look at it. As you tip your head forward you increase the weight and strain on your neck. So even if you tip your head forward 45 degrees you are now sustaining a 49-pound weight. It will seem a little strange at first but once you get in the habit you will feel so much better.
If you utilize all of these tips and still have neck pain, headaches, or Migraine Headaches we would be happy to refer you to a chiropractor in your area to see if you might be a good fit for care.