Phoenixville Chiropractor Discusses Ergonomics

Phoenixville Chiropractor Discusses Ergonomics


Hey there this is Dr. Jeff Snyder at
Snyder Family Chiropractic. I want to share with you something that would be
very useful for you. We have patients that come in our office who are often
having problems with their upper back with their neck they’re having headaches
they’re having vision problems they’re having issues that relate to the spine
and the nervous system and these people they have one thing in common and that
is that they work at a desk. But more so they work in front of the computer so
I’m going to share with you a couple things that will be useful for you in
changing your computer posture so that way you can potentially minimize the
need for coming to see me or some other healthcare practitioner and that is
ergonomics. The term ergonomics really is all about you position that
you are in when you’re doing your work and so I want to show you here what is
the best position to be in now I’m gonna do a disclaimer right now and that is
that this is not the best position to be in that is only because I’m in an
environment where I’m in my office here in my suite where I adjust people and
I’m not usually in front of my computer I’m here for a moment and then I’m away
from the computer however if you are in front of your computer for any length of
time the Mayo Clinic describes a length of time in front of the computer as 30
minutes or more and I would agree with that so first off you want to think
breaks every 30 minutes but if you are in front of your computer for lengths of
time where you’re throughout the day that goes beyond that your position
should be better than this but I’m going to show you this position that you that
I’m in here and the reason why is is not good is because if I’m in front of this
and you’re working from home or at your office and your computer monitor is low
if you’re working on a laptop computer especially when you learn how to ride a
bike you were told look in the direction you
want to go because if you look in the other direction you’re going to start to
drift off the same thing happens here if you start looking downward at your
computer monitor what happens is your head goes down as well and
this here is called Tech-Neck. We are causing problems with our neck now where
are the spine where it has normal position we’re headed in that direction
now and I see a lot of people where their x-rays show up just like this on
an x-ray and they have the generation that’s occurred as a result of this
technic that is occurring pervasively in our society now and even with kids as
well so want to share with you what you need to do to fix this and by the way
you’re going to see embedded in this video or on this page we’re going to see
a couple links that will take you to some products on Amazon that I’m gonna
recommend here at this point so first off is that you want to be using an
external keyboard and monitor if you’re using just a laptop and that would mean
you want to elevate this laptop to about this level if you were standing it we’re
sitting you want it to be high so that way you’re looking at the monitor
directly notice my posture in my head has changed
if I’m down here and change this to follow along with them on but if it’s up
high like this you’re gonna need something to lift it fairly high what I
recommend there’s a couple different things you
can use either you can use a monitor stand that will lift it up high or you
can use a milk crate which is fairly inexpensive the other thing that you can
use also use an external keyboard and mouse along with that because you’re not
going to be able to type when it’s this high so you plug the keyboard a mouse in
and then you’ll put your keyboard and mouse down below here and type now most
of the time you’re gonna need to have a keyboard tray which will then put your
hands in a more neutral position rather than up high on a desk now if you’re
working with a laptop there’s another solution and that is you keep it where
it’s at and you plug in you put a monitor up top and that would mean again you
want to have a monitor stand or a monitor arm which again I’m providing that
information right down below for a couple options on that but you’re gonna
have a monitor arm which will hold your monitor up higher and you’ll have a
monitor up here like this you can also use your monitor down below for
secondary work we’re going to make this our primary monitor
which means you’re typing and you’re looking straight ahead once again
changes the way that your head is positioned and oriented so that way you
minimize stress on your shoulders so if you’re working from the office and
you have a regular computer there with a computer monitor that’s a fairly nice
sized one just make sure that you have that monitor position on the desk itself
that’s going to be too low and in fact if you want I’ll be more than happy to
help you in determining if you have your monitored position properly whether it
be laptop or whether it be at the office all you need to do is send a email to us
and you’ll send the email write to us at [email protected]
that’s Snyder Family Chiro.com send me a picture a side profile picture
of yourself have somebody take that picture sitting in front of your
computer in front of the monitor and the position you don’t really have it and I
will help you taking that to know whether or not you have the right height
or not so that’s my share right now to help you to minimize the stresses on
your shoulders your neck and like I said again look in this video or on this page
to see that there’s a couple links that is that will help you to
select some products that will be potentially helpful for you in
minimizing the stress and improving your ergonomics. Thanks very much for
watching!

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