How much of your day is spent with electronic devices?
An article in the Evening Standard on 2 March 2011 revealed that most users of Facebook spend two and a half hours a day on the site. The same people spend an average of two hours a day watching television. That’s a lot of time sitting down being physically inactive. How do these Facebook users spend the rest of their day? Are they students sitting in the classroom or lecture hall and library? Do they take part in sports? Are they workers with a sedentary job, do they drive to work or do they walk?
The British Chiropractic Association (BCA) is highlighting this issue during April’s Chiropractic Awareness Week. In particular, the innovation of new technology that allows people to communicate via phone, text, blackberry, ipad but means they are bending over a small screen, repeatedly using a thumb or a few fingers over a very small range of movement – sometimes for many hours a day. What impact does that have on the spine, muscles of the back and neck; arms and fingers?
Luck’s Yard Clinic will be taking part in Chiropractic Awareness Week by drawing people’s attention to how and when we use technology – and how we can minimise negative ergonomic impacts on our bodies. In March we will be giving talks on this at local schools: Tillingbourne and Seaford College. It’s all about taking advantage of this great new technology AND taking care of our bodies and health. Watch this space for up-to-the-minute research on how we use blackberries, phones and ipads, a survey will be published by the BCA at the beginning of April 2011.
If you would like us to come to your school, business or association to provide information and educational resources, please contact the clinic.