Here are a few tips using household items to prevent such things:
- Sit in a supportive chair. Don’t be tempted to sit in a low lounge chair or settee. Your hips and knees should both be at right angles and your back supported. Don’t perch or lean forward.
- Don’t spend more than 20-30 mins working on a laptop on your lap. It is better to work on a table and if you have it with a wi-fi remote keyboard and mouse. This will allow you to place the laptop on several books or a box until the screen is level with your eyes and far enough or close enough for you to be able to focus on the screen easily. Looking down at a screen will strain your neck muscles and a combination of glasses and strange screen angles can lead to eye strain and headache.
- Every 30 mins take a posture break. Stand up, do a star stretch, looking up as you do it and take a deep breath in. This will help your joints and get oxygen circulating, helping both your mood and your concentration.
- Stay hydrated. Drink plenty of water at least 2lt. It is easy to get engrossed in what you are doing and forget all about you.
- I hope you find this useful. If you need help with neck, back, joint pain or headaches during lockdown or indeed after please don’t hesitate to contact me. There is much advice I can share to help you through.
Bridget Bath, Doctor of Chiropractic, Greenacres Chiropractic Centre, Glinton