Poor posture at work may cause fatigue, spinal injury
Poor posture while working on the computer can lead to fatigue, increased muscle tension and even injury to the vertebrae over time, a study has found.
"When your posture is tall and erect, the muscles of your back can easily support the weight of your head and neck -- as much as 12 pounds," said Erik Peper, a professor at San Francisco State University in the US.
In the second test, 125 students scrunched their necks for 30 seconds. Afterwards, 98 per cent reported some level of pain in their head, neck or eyes.
So if you suffer from headaches or neck and backaches from computer work, check your posture and make sure your head is aligned on top of your neck, as if held by an invisible thread from the ceiling.
"You can do something about this poor posture very quickly," said Peper. To increase body awareness, Peper advised purposefully replicating the head-forward/neck scrunched position.
"You can exaggerate the position and experience the symptoms. Then when you find yourself doing it, you can become aware and stop," he said.
Other solutions he offers include increasing the font on your computer screen, wearing computer reading glasses or placing your computer on a stand at eye level, all to make the screen easier to read without strain.
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