Monday, June 20, 2011

Back pain from laptop


The intensive use of laptops promotes problems of the spine, nerves and tendons, even among younger

The boom of portable computers in recent years has led to an exponential increase in back problems due to poor posture. In Britain, where laptops account for 70% of all computers sold, the problem of permanent damage to the spine and the skeletal muscle is assuming alarming proportions in the population.

BACK PAIN - Many chiropractors and specialists interviewed for a national survey reported alarming evidence, relating to different categories of people, particularly those who work all day with laptops: 4 of 5 patients have chronic nerve damage, caused their own from work to the laptop.

These diseases, often fatal, are reported in both adults and children, prone to scoliosis.

MISTAKES TO AVOID - One of the most common mistakes is to use the laptop resting on your legs: this will bring the spine to bend unnaturally, the back muscles, neck and legs in an effort to harm. Pain in hands and arms can result from the support of the wrists on the edge of the base of the computer: in fact, this behavior prevents the natural movement of tendons and nerves and cause effects very similar to those derived from repetitive stress injuries. Back and neck are even more likely when the computer is used on moving vehicles such as trains, buses, etc..

Even many people show a kind of hump, a rounding at the base of the neck, which creates even after only a few years of bad posture, bent toward the screen. Also in regular laptop users are often found degeneration of the joints.

Due to falling prices and the rapid spread of wireless technologies, last year, sales of laptops in the UK rose by 25%. Another incentive that has driven many to prefer the laptop to the desktop PC, it was the difference in rules relating to health and safety.


ADVICE - The governing body of the British Health and Safety Executive, responsible for all matters relating to health and safety, has already addressed the problem of worrying of spinal pain among its citizens, but obviously not considered too significant: the second the agency is enough for laptop users follow the same general indications provided for the use of any computer and even more frequently interrupt the work.


The chiropractors involved in the investigation but have provided more specific advice: always use a desk as a support surface and, when possible, connect the laptop to be released from the laptop screen and keyboard, otherwise use a base that raises the laptop a bit ' higher than at the table, avoiding bending the neck and back down.

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