By Kento Kamiyama PT, DPT
Is your neck tighter from more screen time?
Are your eyes tired from watching all the news on your phone/tablet?
During this pandemic, screen time on electronic devices has significantly increased for many individuals. I am definitely one of them!
As a result, I have been experiencing more neck and back tension.
As a health advocate, I implemented certain strategies to keep my neck and eyes healthy.
What are some simple solutions?
Some actionable steps include:
- Taking a break every hour and walk
- Use blue light glasses to decrease eye strain
- Change your computer position to make sure you’re not constantly looking down on the screen
- Look 30 ft in front of you to see your surroundings. With screen time, we focus our eyes on close distances for prolonged periods.
- Close your eyes for 1 minutes to give the eyes a rest.
When the above solutions are not enough, I believe my neck is too tight and other parts of my body are not getting enough attention. As a result, I perform leg exercises that integrate my eyes or neck differently. For example, I close my eyes while performing a leg exercise such as lunges, squats or deadlifts. Or, I’ll rotate my head to challenge my balance system and my legs. The novel stimulus with these exercises often helps my neck and eye relax.
Try these out and let us know how it goes!
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