School Students Experience Neck and Shoulder Pain
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School Students Experience Neck and Shoulder Pain

AutonomousAutonomous | Aug 15, 2022
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The human body can be significantly affected by neck and shoulder pain. This can make it difficult to perform daily tasks. Pain in the neck and shoulders can be effectively treated with physical therapy. Physical therapists focus primarily on improving the strength and flexibility of the neck and shoulder when treating neck and shoulder pain.

Increasing numbers of students were suffering from neck and shoulder pain. It is related to school furniture unsuitable for the student's needs, too much homework, difficulty viewing the board in the classroom, and improper sitting positions of the student. 

Why Do Students Have Shoulder Pain?

Why Do Students Have Shoulder Pain?

With the start of the new school year just around the corner, many students are returning to e-learning formats. Most students are not accustomed to doing their schoolwork in front of a computer all day. The in-person environment does not always require students to sit in front of a computer screen, and they usually move from class to class or change classrooms.

It has been reported that shoulder pain in children is highly prevalent. In this study, improper sitting positions were linked to pain, as were physical factors such as school furniture, homework loads, and difficulty viewing classroom boards.

Why Do Students Have Neck Pain?

Why Do Students Have Neck Pain?

Home-based e-learning may lead to more sedentary behavior. Sitting for prolonged periods, especially with poor posture, can cause neck pain in children. In preparation for the return to e-learning this year, parents and students can take advantage of these tips to prevent neck pain. Students may become sedentary when they learn at home through e-learning.

The most common cause of neck and back pain is prolonged sitting, especially poor posture. Students and parents can use these tips to prevent back and neck pain when returning to e-learning. Personal factors include physical activity and leisure time (playing video games, using a cellphone or computer, watching television).

Student Proper Sitting Posture

Regarding kids’ neck pain, posture is by far the most influential factor. This is especially true during study periods. Spending extended periods seated in the same position is always detrimental to your health, but spending too much time in the wrong position is also detrimental. Therefore, regardless of your focus on notes, paying attention to how you position yourself is vital.

To have the correct posture, you should ensure that your body is essentially at right angles, like a set of steps. There should be a line from your ears to your shoulders, which should, in turn, be a line from your shoulders to your hips. As a result, your back will remain at a right angle to both knees, which should be directly above both ankles.

Ergonomic setup

Ergonomic setup

Set the monitor at eye level to minimize hunching your shoulders and looking down at your computer. You should be able to bend your arms about 90-100 degrees while sitting at your best study chair and standing desk for kids. To keep your elbows close to you while using a laptop, prop it up on some books and buy yourself a wireless keyboard.

You may realize that tilting your head forward isn't ideal, but it can be far more harmful than you realize. The pressure of your head on your neck increases when you stand upright. By leaning forward, you can put five times more pressure on your neck when tilted at a 45-degree angle.

Postural setup

An ideal position would be to sit up tall, tuck your chin in, and keep your shoulder blades back and down. The perfect position cannot be maintained all day, so try to change your position every 15-20 minutes. Moving rather than having a perfect posture is what will help most. 

Take regular breaks

Take regular breaks

Maintain the flexibility of your muscles by getting up hourly and encouraging blood circulation around them. As you move, fresh oxygen is sent to your brain, increasing alertness. It may seem unnecessary to take breaks when you are studying, but binge-studying will damage your neck and lessen your ability to retain information. 

By adhering to the 52/17 rule, both issues can be addressed simultaneously. According to this, you should work for 52 minutes and then take a break of 17 minutes. It is ideal for taking this break by going for a walk, but lying down is also advisable from time to time. When you do this method, your body will not stiffen up, and your mind will also be able to rest.

Strengthen your postural muscles

Strengthening your muscles is just as important as stretching because stronger muscles can withstand more stress. There is a set of very simple exercises we can teach you that will make a big difference in your health. Exercises such as neck rolls are the simplest way to relieve neck pain. While sitting in the right posture and viewing your screen correctly, you must move your neck throughout the day.

By rolling your head in an anticlockwise motion, you can return to your starting position if you look straight ahead. Follow this by repeating the process clockwise. Maintain your neck's flexibility by doing this once an hour several times.

EXERCISE!

EXERCISE!

The benefits of regular exercise include improved concentration, memory retention, and stress reduction. Keep your muscles flexible by rolling your shoulders and doing simple neck stretches every 30 minutes.

Consider Upgrading to Ergonomic Furniture

Standing desk

After several weeks of using a standing desk, those who used them reported that their lower back and neck pain had improved by up to 32%. When using a standing desk, it is important to ensure that you stretch your muscles, especially your back. A standing desk will allow you to move around without putting pressure on your spine as sitting does.

Ergonomic chair

Ergonomic chairs provide maximum comfort as their first and foremost benefit. You can use them to support your back, neck, and arms since they are designed in such a way. Maintaining the right posture all the time will help you stay in shape. In addition, it means that there will be no pain or pressure on your body that can harm your health.

They can provide maximum comfort, improve productivity, and reduce back and neck pain. The ergonomic chairs' height, width, and depth can also be adjusted easily. Our working habits change with time; it is no secret. Therefore, choosing a chair that allows for customizing adjustments to suit your needs while remaining comfortable is crucial.

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Studying on a computer affects your posture, particularly your neck, depending on how you position your screen. Ideally, it would help if you placed your screen at eye level to read what you need without hunching your shoulders or tilting your neck. Since laptops are generally smaller and lower than desktop computers, this is especially true for those who use study room furniture.

It is important to find a chair with a lumbar support backrest. We have a back-to-school sale today where the lower curve of your spine should be supported by the curve of the backrest that curves toward you. Autonomous offers office accessories deals from July 19th to August 16th, so check it out. We do not accept discounts or referral codes for products on sale. There is a limit of one code per order, which applies to full-priced products.

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