How the Internet Affects Our Health

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While the era of record-breaking Internet use has produced a number of promising developments in networking, entertainment, and other areas, the human body may have a few decades to go before it evolves to accommodate constant slouching and squinting at computer screens.

Until then, if that ever happens, encouraging proper posture is paramount. Without corrective action, Internet frequenters will experience the trappings of chronic slouching and inactivity first hand by developing a host of orthopedic issues.

When one slouches at a computer, the spine is out of alignment, causing unnecessary strain on the back and neck muscles as they contract to keep the spine from deviating too far. This leads to fatigue, pain, and injury. Chronic slouching weakens the larger muscles of the back, vertebral joints, and discs.

Eventually, the spine’s three curves are “taught” to deviate from their natural positions. This creates biases in muscle strength, as back and neck muscles may tighten more on one side than another to rectify misalignment. If this phenomenon is misdiagnosed or overlooked by orthopedic specialists, it will lead to balance issues.

Sitting in general, even with proper posture, compresses the nerves of the lumbosacral region. This discovery and the slew of back problems that accompany it have put man’s most practical position under fire by orthopedic specialists, who now recommend less angular approaches such as lying or standing whilst at work. The “ideal versus real” concept, of course, dictates that not everyone is able to take this corrective action. After consulting Indianapolis orthopedic surgeons, the following options may be recommended.

While at work, take at least five minutes every hour to stretch and walk around. This decompresses the spine, relaxes fatigued muscles, and promotes weight loss. Angle the computer screen so that it’s only visible from a higher position, one that requires perfect posture. Make sure to occasionally change positions while maintaining a strong posture to deter muscle tightness and blood clots.

When executed correctly, exercise strengthens the muscles that support the spine while “re-educating” the back as to which positions best support the most weight. Rows with weights, resistance bands, or a rowing machine are excellent for strengthening the upper and mid-trapezius muscle as well as the rear deltoids and rhomboids.

All core exercises are recommended for postural improvement, such as bridges, planks, and crunches. In conjunction with the recommendations of Indianapolis orthopedic surgeons, the above methods will greatly alleviate back pain.

4 comments… add one
  • Yup, even good things can lead to bad things when done excessively. I try not to be stuck in one position for a very long time, not only does it hurt afterwards but it can cause long term problems as well, so I’ve heard. 🙂

    Just thinking about those gamers who play more than 12hours at time makes me cringe.

  • I doubt that the human body have only “a few decades to go” before it adapts itself to the Internet era 🙂
    More likely, we will have to adapt *our use of monitors* so not to harm our bodies.
    I’ve started with buying a huge pilates ball to sit on in front of a computer instead of a work chair! No more lower back pain! Recommended! 🙂

  • Great post! I always have a back pain these past few days because I spend a lot of time in the computer. Thanks for the advice but I think I have to upgrade my chair too, I just hope that it will help.

  • Majority of people nowadays are working infront of a computer so most probably those who aren’t physically active tend to have back pain. Changing your lifestyle has a great effect to your health, hopefully everyone will be aware of it.

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