Our love affair with digital devices might be great for keeping us connected in our business but it’s very bad news for our backs – all those hours spent on our phones, laptops and tablets are creating a condition that’s becoming known as ‘text neck’.
Prolonged staring at a mobile phone or tablet screen forces us to tilt our head downwards, which effectively increases the weight of our head. This puts severe pressure on the spine and creates tension and irritation in our neck and shoulder muscles.
Whether you’re at home at your desk, on the sofa with your iPad or checking emails on your phone while you’re out and about, a few simple stretches could save your spine and significantly reduce stress and fatigue.
Tim Sitt, author of Move or Die: How the Sedentary Life is Killing Us and How Movement Not Exercise Can Save Us, suggests that our sedentary lifestyle disconnects us from our bodies and leads us to ignoring signals of discomfort which then perpetuates poor self-care.
Taking good care of your health is essential when you run your own business. Muscle pain or even worse, a back injury, could cost you dearly in terms of time away from work or the expense of an osteopath or physiotherapist to put things right.