Internet Culture: An Orthopedic Nightmare?

The internet has been a nightmare for the overall orthopedic health of Americans and Europeans–and probably the whole world. It’s increased our risk of obesity. It probably hasn’t been a great thing for our eyesight.Itjustplain hasn’t been very good for us.

Let’s face it: sitting on your tookus for 8 hours a day is not good for your health. Not by a long shot. In fact (looks from side to side and whispers) it might be even worse than smoking! Don’t tell anyone.


We’ve all heard the horrifying statistics: sitting for 6 and half hours out of a twenty four hour day increases risk of untimely death in the next fifteen years for the average individual up to 40%. The median amount of hours per day that Americans spent sitting down between 1980 and 2000 spiked by 8% and obesity increased by a whopping 200%. That’s not a coincidence: experts have said that those numbers are correlated. Now, correlation is not causation, but if it was that would mean that increase in levels of obesity shoots up inlogarithmicvolumes in relationship to the increase of sitting time. That’s not a great comfort to those of uswithoffice jobs who are worried about our bellies.

While the age of incessantly evolving Internet, and the related increase in the number of hours we spend using the internet every day has produced a whole spectrum of invigorating developments in just about every field, as well as launching mankind into a ‘social media epoch’, it hasn’t necessarily been the most positive evolutionary development that could have happened for the human body. It may be quite sometime until the way that we use internet–slouching and staring at a screen–evolves into a healthy activity. While cloud computing and the prevalence of smart phones offers the promise of ‘upright internet’ we’ve still got a ways to go.

Until such time, cultivating proper posture during the time you’re using the internet is of paramount importance. Without corrective action, Internet users may wind up developing a whole host of potentially painful and semi-permanent orthopedic issues.

When you slouch at your computer, your spine is out of alignment–it’s bent-up, for the lack of better, more precisely descriptive adjective. This puts strain on your back and neck muscles as they contract to keep the spine from deviating too far. This can wind up generating an array of symptoms: fatigue, pain, injury etc. Chronic slouching breaks down the muscles of your back, your vertebral joints, and your discs.

Eventually, the spine’s three curves are “taught” to deviate from their natural positions. This creates biases in muscle strength, as back and neck muscles may tighten more on one side than another to rectify misalignment. If this phenomenon is misdiagnosed or overlooked by orthopedic specialists, it will lead to balance issues.

Sitting in general, even with proper posture, compresses the nerves of the lumbosacral region. This discovery and the slew of back problems that accompany it have put man’s most practical position under fire by orthopedic specialists, who now recommend less angular approaches such as lying or standing whilst at work. The “ideal versus real” concept, of course, dictates that not everyone is able to take this corrective action. After consulting Indianapolis orthopedic surgeons, the following options may be recommended.

While you’re at work, try this out for size: take a five minute walk every hour or so to stretch out your legs and loosen up your back. This takes pressure off of your spine, loosens up fatigued muscles, and can help with weight loss. Try angling your computer screen so that it’s only visible from a higher position, one that requires perfect posture. Make sure to occasionally change positions while maintaining a strong posture to deter muscle tightness and blood clots.

When exercise is undertaken in a healthy way it strengthens the muscles that support your spine while “re-educating” the back as to which positions best support the most weight. Rows with weights, resistance bands, or a rowing machine are excellent for strengthening the upper and mid-trapezius muscle as well as the rear deltoids and rhomboids.

“Core exercises” are highly recommended to improve your posture. What is a ‘core’ exercise? Think bridges, think planks, think crunches. In conjunction with the recommendations of qualified professionals–whether they be Dallas masseuse or orthopedic surgeons Indianapolis – these methods of exercising will greatly alleviate your back pain and improve your quality of life over the long term.