Computer hunch is something that's starting to effect more and more people as our lives and jobs migrate towards computer work more and more. The thing is, it's just not good for our bodies or our minds. Back pain, shoulder pain, wrist pain and more can all be caused by computer hunch and it can also have an impact on our mood and hormones!
What is it though?
It's all about poor posture that is driven by spending time in front of a computer or keyboard. The general posture that is adopted includes rounded shoulders, head forward and slumping onto your lower back. Even if done only slightly this can still have a massive impact on your health and fitness due to the amount of time involved. The excessive load on your spine, wrists and shoulders will lead to pain and damage that will effect you late into life.
How to help prevent it...
Firstly you need to be more aware of your posture when sat at a desk. Make sure the chair and desk are at the right height so that you can sit up straight whilst working, rather than leaning forward. Make sure the keyboard is in comfortable reach. The screen needs to be at a height that means you can look comfortably at it without straining your neck or eyes.
Now you've got your desk set up properly you can sit in there comfortably and with good posture. The difficult thing is now remember to sit with good posture. Set yourself an alarm / reminder on your phone to go off every hour or so. When it goes off remember to reset your posture. In fact, why not take it the next step... Every time that alarm goes off get yourself out of your chair - stand up and move around. Do some of these stretches to help reset your body:
- straighten arms over head and lean back to open out your spine again
- do some squats to get your hips moving
- do some lunges and twists to unlock your thoracic spine
- go for a walk to get your heart and lungs moving a bit more
Simple as that!
If you suffer from neck, shoulder, back or wrist pain and work at a computer then try these things for a couple of weeks and see how you get on!