By Mary Pletsch 01 Oct 2022 no comment 100 Views

Could your favourite TV show or video game be contributing to your back pain?

Don’t worry – there’s no reason to give up movies, TV and video games entirely!  It’s important to take time for yourself  to relax and unwind.

But problems can result when you watch TV or movies, or play games, in positions that aren’t good for your spine.

Some folks slouch, while others lie down or lounge in ways that strain their shoulders, back, or hips.  They hold these positions for episode after episode.  Then they wonder why their backs hurt.

Protect your spine when you enjoy movies, TV, and video games

Most importantly, watch your posture.  Good posture protects your body from stresses and strains.

At first it might seem strange to sit up straight.  Nut with practice, good posture will become a habit and feel “normal.”  Avoid tilting your head.  Relax your shoulders and back.  Pull back your shoulders.

Secondly, take breaks regularly.  This is easy to remember during TV shows – get up and walk around during the opening and closing credits, or during commercial breaks.  Take time to stretch.

If you’re watching a movie or playing a game, it might be harder to remember when it’s break time.  Set an alarm so you’ll remember to pause your show or game and take 5 to stretch and move around.

Thirdly, be cautious of how much time you spend sitting.  Think of other things you can do while watching your favourite shows:  fold laundry, do some gentle exercise, sweep or dust, ride an exercise bike…

Fourthly, visit your chiropractor regularly.  If you’re already experiencing the side effects of prolonged sitting and/or poor posture – pain, headaches, stiffness, aches and discomfort – it’s definitely time to see your chiropractor.  Contact Sheppard Chiropractic Centre at (506) 635-8182 or (506) 847-7172 to schedule your appointment.

Stay in control of “screen time”

If you’re missing out on making memories of things other than the latest shows, or if you sit at work all day and then sit on the couch all evening,  it’s time to turn off the TV and expand your hobbies.  Video games, movies and TV can be fun diversions.  Enjoy them in moderation.  Remember that they aren’t replacements for spending time with other people, enjoying satisfying pasttimes, or living an active lifestyle.

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