As Technology advances and our gadgets get smaller and smaller we are faced with a choice when it comes to our health vs convenience.
A laptop or Tablet may offer the benefit of being small, compact, lightweight and versatile BUT there is a price to pay! The postures and positions adopted can be unhealthy and dangerous for our body – especially our neck. They can force you into a static and continuos flexed/slumped position which can put strain onto the joints, muscles, ligaments and nerves. This can in turn lead to headaches, dizziness, neck pain and radiating symptoms into hands. This is not to say that a desktop PC is the perfect solution but for those of us sitting at a desk for long periods of time, it does offer the best opportunity to customize your position and reduce if not entirely remove the pressure and load into your neck and shoulders.
If you already work with a laptop and you are worried about the expense of buying a new desktop PC there are alternatives available to you. Try buying an external keyboard, mouse and/or an external screen. This will be considerably cheaper and will still give you the benefit of an improved ergonomic position and the convenience of a portable device without making a big dent in your pocket.
A huge number of patients will come to Physio Savvy complaining of neck pain, headaches, dizziness and arm pain. A large percentage of these problems can be linked back to long term laptop usage. An ergonomic assessment is best to modify your work station based on what you have (no every company will get you an adjustable table for example), and getting you some extra devices such as adjustable chairs of the right height to reduce strain on the body.
When choosing your device consider the amount of time you will use it and where you will use it. If you are not sure then drop by Physio Savvy and talk to us. Its better prevent a pain by thinking ahead than waiting for pain and dysfunction to develop.