Carteret Trail – Cape Carteret NC
Temperatures are warming up, humidity is still low, flowers are blooming, I know I’m not alone with saying I love this time of year- despite the pine pollen that turns every vehicle a wild shade of green. With the Carteret Trail running right in front of our Chiropractic office on Taylor Notion road in Cape Carteret, it has been great to see more and more people getting outside, enjoying the weather, and the trail……as they kick up clouds of green.
If you’re one who works from home and lives nearby, I applaud you for taking the time to get out from behind your computer. As the pandemic shifted more and more people from working in the office to working at home, the number of neck pain, shoulder pain, upper back pain, and headache cases we saw skyrocketed.
When working on a computer, especially a laptop, it can be challenging to achieve an ideal ergonomic set up. Laptops are wonderful, they don’t take up much real-estate, are easy to travel with, and you can put fun stickers on them. However, the struggle of achieving and maintaining good posture while using one is real. It’s difficult to sit up straight without constantly having to bend your head down to look at the screen. If you raise the laptop up so the screen is higher it places your arms and hands at a weird angle. These postures increase the stress on your neck as it has to hold your head up, as well as your upper back and shoulders when your arms are in unnatural positions. This increased stress on your spine leads to neck pain, headaches, upper back pain, and shoulder pain.
In an ideal ergonomic set up the top of the monitor is at eye level, you’re able to rest your elbows at your sides bent slightly greater than 90 degrees, your hands rest relaxed on the keyboard. The good news is there are ways to mitigate the stress your spine suffers with prolonged computer use.
In an ideal ergonomic set up the top of the monitor is at eye level, you’re able to rest your elbows at your sides bent slightly greater than 90 degrees, your hands rest relaxed on the keyboard. The good news is there are ways to mitigate the stress your spine suffers with prolonged computer use. Here are 5 tips to help with posture when using a computer:
- First, make sure you’re working facing your computer and are not twisted left or right, for example sitting on the couch with your laptop on the arm of the couch.
- Second, as tempting as it is, try not to work off your coffee table, or bed, if possible, use a desk or your kitchen table.
- Third, if using a laptop get a separate mouse, monitor or keyboard, then use your laptop as “just a keyboard” or “just a monitor”, you may have to prop your laptop on a phone book to elevate the monito enough.
- Fourth, if your computer set up allows it, work standing for 15-20 minutes at a time.
- Fifth, get up and move every 30 minutes or after every Zoom call. Take just a few minutes and walk around the inside or outside of your house.
Getting outside to exercise is a great way to help your posture and reduce tension in your neck and shoulders. If you’re in the Cape Carteret area, check out the Carteret Trail to do just that! And if you’re on the trail, stop by Atlantic Chiropractic at 300-C Taylor Notion Road in Cape Carteret NC to say “Hi!”