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Back Breaker

Back Breaker

Are You A Screen Queen?

     Ever had back pain?

     Ever had any sleepless nights because of that back pain?

     Get this. Nine hours — yes nine long hours. That's how long the average person spends hunched over or slouched in front of a screen each day.

     A Temple University study suggested that increased texting on our latest tech obsessions — smartphones and tablets — is creating more aches and pains in our shoulders, necks, and backs.

     "It's important to take breaks, do neck exercises, and occasionally hold your phone or tablet out in front of you," says Deborah Venesy, MD, a doctor of physical medicine and rehabilitation at the Cleveland Clinic Center for Spine Health.

     For a simple neck reliever, hold your head for 10 seconds in each of the following positions: forward, back, left, and right. Repeat this five times a day.

     Sitting all day is hazardous, too.

     "It puts more pressure on discs and vertebrae in your spine - than standing or walking,"

     Dr. Katz says, “Alleviate the tension with an office makeover. Start with a lumbar-support cushion, then adjust your chair or seat so your computer monitor is at eye level, your arms and knees are bent at a 90-degree angles, and your feet rest on the floor.

     Make sure you’re checked at least a minimum of once a month to have your spine aligned. Getting regular chiropractic care is a must, especially if you want to stay healthy.

     Finally, go to workrave.org to download a free program that flashes screen reminders to take computer breaks as often as you schedule them.

Dr. Hesselberg

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