Is Binge Watching Giving You A Backache?
We all enjoy watching our favourite shows – and the sheer amount of streaming services have made this easier than ever. A quiet weekend can be spent sitting in your favourite comfy chair or sprawled out on the couch.
However, those long sessions of binge-watching might be having more of an impact than you think. We aren’t suggesting that you give up on watching all the shows and movies you love. But for your back health, you might want to think twice before you binge!
Why Binge Watching Hurts
Binge-watching a gripping show for several hours might seem like it’s all in good fun, but sitting still in the same position can seriously hurt.
We all need an escape from our busy schedules, but slouching or lying down to enjoy your binge-watch creates a bad posture that might result in backache. If this happens frequently enough, you might find the back pain continuing on for hours, days, and even weeks.
Not only that, but watching a screen for extended periods of time can lead to eye strain and lead to you developing headaches and struggling with dry eyes and even blurred vision.
Improve Your Posture
If you love to binge-watch, one of the ways you can ease the impact of this on your back is by improving your posture. Be conscious of when you tend to slump and slouch, and save lying down for shorter periods of time. Sit up as much as you can and ensure that your body is supported.
Whether sitting or lying, make sure to have the correct kinds of pillows to help support your neck and upper body so that unnecessary strain is not created due to your position.
We all know the joy of binge-watching, but it can be enjoyed even when you sit up straight.
Another thing to be conscious of is that you do not remain in the same position for too long. Reposition your body often so that no one part of your body is subjected to too much pressure and strain.
This helps to alleviate the likelihood of back pain and other kinds of aches and pains that result from sitting in a single position.
You will also want to get up every so often (try to do so at least once an hour) and walk around, to both give your body some movement and to give your eyes a break from the screen.
Don’t Ignore The Pain
According to data gathered by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare, in recent years up to four million Australians suffer from lower back pain for a variety of reasons.
If you are already feeling the effects of back pain, then it’s time to see a specialist, like the experienced chiropractors at CQ Chiropractic. They will be able to assess your pain, help you get to the root of why, and suggest exercises and positions to help you feel better. So get in touch with our team for assistance today!