When we’re watching something for a long period of time on an iPad, most of us sit in a slouched position with the iPad in our laps. We lean our heads forward and there is a lot of weight on the back of the neck and upper spine. Whilst we may feel comfortable in this position for a short period of time, in the end, we create a lot of pressure on the joints and discs of our spine. To take the load off of our spine we need to correct our posture.
Observe Your Posture At All Times
If you’re sitting in a chair, the best way to correct your posture is to sit up straight in your chair. This puts your spine in a position with all the normal or neutral curves and takes the pressure off of the joints and discs in your spine. To do this make sure you have yourself back into your chair with extra support in your lower back (lumbar support) and your head over the rest of your spine.
Once your spine has been brought into a neutral position, if you rest the iPad in your lap it sits down quite low, and you have to look down to see the screen. This position also creates additional strain on your neck.
Raise The iPad To Eye Level
You need to raise the iPad to your eye level so that your spine can stay in that neutral position. This may be a little uncomfortable to maintain for long periods of time, so we suggest changing the holding hand regularly or using another surface to place the iPad onto. The main aim is to keep the iPad in a position that encourages your head to stay upright over your body.
These small changes in your posture will allow you to be able to use your iPad and maintain a safe and healthy spine whilst you do it. This is important for both kids and adults.
If you need help with any of these postural changes or tips that are specific to you, then bring your iPad into your nearest practice and see one of our Physios for a detailed assessment. Press this link, to find a practice near you.