Pain in your lap!

Neck and Back Pain Caused by Laptop Use

It’s winter time here in Silicon Valley.  Although desks are great for productivity, the lure of grabbing your laptop and getting some work done in bed is stronger than ever. We get it, getting out of bed or that cozy spot  on the couch  is hard, but that  comfy position ends up putting strain on your back and neck resulting in unnecessary pain.

When working under these circumstances you are often sitting with your laptop in your lap, this positioning results in a hunched over posture that leaves your spine unsupported. The repercussions of long term Untitledexposure to this position includes neck, back, shoulder, arm, and wrist pain. This pain can affect many parts of daily life including your sleep. Daily Mail reported a study done by the British Chiropractic Association indicated that “research shows that nearly half (48%) of people can’t sleep due to back or neck pain but technology could actually be exacerbating the problem”.

When working seated with your laptop it is important to remember to place a firm pillow to support your back, raise the screen so that it is at eye level and to take a break every 20-25 minutes to stretch or walk around. If you are feeling some pain before you reach for medication make sure you read our post on meds vs. spinal manipulation. Ergonomics can make a world of difference for relieving and preventing day-to-day pain, see what our partners SF Custom Chiropractic wrote on how ergonomics can help.

If you are in pain from this or any other conditions, visit us at Santa Clara Custom Chiropractic; we’re happy to help! Give our Santa Clara office a call at 408-248-8700 or click here to schedule your appointment. We thank you sincerely for choosing Santa Clara Custom Chiropractic!


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About Us

Dr. Michael Valones is a board certified Doctor of Chiropractic with an emphasis on preventative, rehabilitative, and sports medicine. He grew up in New Jersey and attained his B.S. in Biochemistry at Drew University. He continued to excel in his studies and graduated from Palmer College of Chiropractic West right here in San Jose. Dr. Valones is also a certified personal trainer with the National Academy of Sports Medicine and specializes in corrective exercises, rehabilitation, and strength training.