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Work is an unhealthy habit…

09 April 2017

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As part of Chiropractic Awareness Week (10 – 16 April) the team from Headingley Chiropractic Clinic is urging people to take a break from their tech.

New consumer research from the British Chiropractic Association (BCA) has revealed that computers are the top tech back pain trigger for people in Yorkshire, with 21% of those surveyed having experienced back or neck pain after using their laptop, and 28% after using a desktop computer.  

Despite these figures, just 12% of people in Yorkshire have either limited or stopped using their laptop due to concerns for their back and neck health or posture and that figure is 11% for desktop computer users.  

Your workplace can be an unhealthy environment.  The physical act of sitting for long periods – especially with poor posture – can be detrimental to your health.

Here are some Top Tips to help you to help yourself when you’re at work:

1. Set your phone or watch to remind you every hour to get up and walk for at least five minutes.  This will also help your concentration.


2. Ensure correct posture:

  • Learning how to touch type (not having to look at the keyboard to type) is an essential skill to obtain correct posture.
  • Bring the chair in close to the desk so that with your elbows by your side and at right angles you can reach the keyboard.  You may need to get armrests that are half length or take them off completely.
  • The mouse should be right by the keyboard (use a short keyboard unless you do a lot of numerical input).
  • The top of the monitor shoulder be at eye-level- assuming you are looking straight ahead.  It should also be an arm’s length away.

3. To correct a stooped posture – try to sit upright – imagining that someone is pushing down on your head.  This is opposed to pulling your shoulder blades together and pushing your chest out.

As always, if you have any questions regarding the above information, just call one of our chiropractors on 0113 228 9888.  We would also be happy (with the permission of your employers) to come and have a look at your workplace.

P.S. Find us on Facebook and keep up with all of our Chiropractic Awareness Week carry on!  Get in touch! We’d love to hear from you if there is something specific you would like to have more information about. 🙂

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Keith Gordon
Keith Gordon
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Alex Barry
23:42 23 Apr 18
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Keith Gordon
Keith Gordon
06:33 25 Feb 18
The best chiropractor I have visited in 25 years- Sarah is excellent and very professional. Throughly recommended over all others I have visited.
Marian Gheorghe
Marian Gheorghe
21:40 08 Feb 18
I came to see Mark Butterworth agonising with back pain, including lower back and the neck. Both, the entire spine and muscles around the neck were stiff and painful, making me unable to sit, stand and sleep more than a couple of hours over night. Mark assessed me very thoroughly and professionally, prescribing at the end a treatment over several weeks. After two weeks, my situation significantly improved: the muscles becoming more relaxed, spine more flexible and my entire body more able to move freely, without pain. The progress is obvious. Mark is not only very knowledgeable and professional, but also methodic in what is doing, caring about any detail and providing advice when requested. I would recommend Mark and his colleagues without any hesitation as one of the best clinics of this type I have ever encountered.read more
Mohammed Zabair
Mohammed Zabair
20:05 18 Jan 18
Very thorough and very informative, Highly professional yet relaxed atmosphere. Tea and coffee offered on several occasions, just made the whole experience very pleasant. Mr Butterworth is very knowledgeable and passionate about his craft. Highly recommended A+++read more
Iram Ali
Iram Ali
23:24 10 Nov 17
After months of being in pain, I went to see Mark at the Headingley Chiropractic Clinic. I can honestly say it has made a huge difference. I may have a while before I'm 100% but I definitely feel like I have some normality back in my life. Oh and Stephanie is a godsend with her cups of coffee :)read more
thornton andrew
thornton andrew
09:27 13 Sep 17
I retired from work in 2012 and had terrible back problems from not sitting correctly at computers. Mark gradually manipulated the muscles back into something like normality and I now go once a month to keep the muscles freed up and have a completely pain free existence. I have also had a long standing knee problem going back to a leg break in 1987. Mark actually managed to manipulate the joint back into line and since then i have had no problems with either my knee or hip, thus avoiding potential surgery. I cannot speak highly enough of the entire practice, all the staff are charming and couldn't be more helpful. Worth every penny for a pain free life. Many thanks to all the staff.read more
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