Ease back pain by repositioning the computer:
High tech seems to be the way to go these days. The usage of laptops and e-readers have increased tremendously over the past 2 years. Using these devices may lead to neck, back, and shoulder pain.
Dr. David Rempel, MD, director of the ergonomics graduate program at the University of California at San Francisco, gives some tips to use your gadgets without aching.
“The problem with laptops is that the keyboard is too close to the screen and the screen is too low, putting you at greater risk for back and neck problems because you are hunching over. Place the laptop on a stand so the top is at eye-level”.
This one small adjustment should help ease any aches or pains one gets from being glued to the network. Click here to learn more about holistic strategies for back pain.
Prevent leaf-raking injuries:
Autumn is upon us, and the leaves are starting to fall. Avoid injuries to your body by following these simple tips. Before starting your cleanup, warm up with 10 minutes of light stretching and light exercise, and wear non-skid shoes.
Take it easy on your back. Move your whole body, and not just your spine. The proper raking posture is to stand upright and rake leaves to the side of you, alternating dominant hand. Bend at the knees, not at the waist. While picking up
the piles of gathered leaves, avoid twisting to toss the leaves. Instead, step to the side so your whole body witches position, not just your back and shoulders.
Keep the rake mostly perpendicular to the ground. This will give your body easy leverage on the rake , and it makes it easy to move – which is easier on the body.
Take rake breaks every 10 to 15 minutes. The repetitive motion can become painful after a while.