Have you found yourself slouching in front of your phone while mindlessly scrolling or your laptop while working or even while reading this article? We spend several hours every day looking down at a screen without thinking about our posture because getting lost in work or that thrilling movie is a different bliss, until some serious musculoskeletal problem surfaces.
How does your screen time affect your posture? Let’s find out!
WHAT IS POSTURE?
Posture is the position in which someone holds their body while standing or sitting
GOOD POSTURE V BAD POSTURE
Good posture refers to having a neutral spine, where your muscle groups, joints, and ligaments are aligned in a way that reduces stress on them.
This keeps your body flexible, reduces fatigue, and helps maintain your balance.
If your posture is bad i.e. out of alignment, it can lead to muscle or joint strain, neck, head, or back pain possible injury during exercise, work, or other activities.
It can also affect your appearance, self-confidence, and general well-being.
According to a 2017 survey,73% of Brits stated that they are unhappy with the way that they sit.
SCREEN TIME AND POSTURE
Globally, people on average spend 6 hours and 58 minutes of their time on screen per day.
Daily screen time has increased by nearly 50 minutes per day since 2013.
Looking down at a screen while slouching can put a lot of stress on the neck muscles, which can lead to pain and other health problems in the future.
Slouching is one of the most dangerous postures for young people. It causes a lot of compression on the discs in your spine. If the discs get too compressed, they cannot properly protect your spine from everyday forces or injuries.
Work and posture
Office work typically involves sitting desk-bound for extended periods of time which can have a significant impact on a person’s posture.
We all strive to work to our fullest sticking to our laptops to reach those deadlines, ignoring our postures and the perils it invites.
A survey found 60% of working professionals during office hours admitted to sitting in a slouched position while working at a desk.
Another research found that 33% of office workers complained of backache due to working at a desk.
Work from home
Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, the number of people working from home in the UK has dramatically increased.
When you use a laptop without external equipment (like a keyboard or a mouse) you are much more likely to develop neck and upper back discomfort.
When you sit on a sofa, it encourages you to slump to round your shoulders, put your head forward, and strain your body.
Text neck is used to describe the forward head posture for prolonged periods of time while viewing your phone. This causes stress injuries, often resulting in cervical and shoulder pain, and headaches among others.
This is a cause for increasing concern, especially with Gen Z who spends around 9 hours of screen time per day.
Hunching over your keyboard is usually a sign that you have a tight chest and a weak upper back. Over time, this type of posture can contribute to you developing a rounded upper back, which can cause shoulder and upper back stiffness.
Correcting the posture
Correcting your posture may feel awkward at first because your body has become so used to sitting and standing in a particular way.
The good news is that you can improve your posture with Flamingo’s Posture aids along with certain exercises.
Flamingo’s support braces and posture aids are designed to improve your posture and will benefit you in the long run
Flamingo Posture Brace offers support and helps in reinforcing back alignment ensuring correct posture.
This product should be used to correct poor posture, shoulder slump, and in case of pain in the thoracic spine.
Memory Foam Pillow
Flamingo Contoured Pillow is specifically made for postural pain as it helps in maintaining optimal spinal alignment while sleeping in normal posture and sideways.
This pillow is made of special foam which takes the shape of the resting head thereby relaxing the mind and body.