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Dr. Paris & Dr. Martinez Discuss Computer Vision Syndrome

Up to 90% of people who work on a computer all day long, complain of some type of visual problem, neck or back pain. Dr. Brian Paris of Advanced Wellness Systems sits down with Dr. Alberto Martinez of Visionary Eye Doctors to share some tips on how to optimize the workspace to protect your eyes, improve posture and create a more efficient and ergonomic environment at work. Here’s what they had to say:

Position Your Computer Near a Window

When you spend all day staring at a computer screen, you tend to blink less frequently. This decreased blink rate often causes the eyes to become dry, leading to redness or discomfort. To avoid dry eyes, look away from your computer screen every 20 minutes. If possible, try to place your computer near a window, as focusing on an object in the distance will help your eyes relax. For those with severe dry eyes, consider investing in a humidifier.

Decrease Eye Strain with the “Palming Technique”

Another way to give your eyes a break is to use a technique called “Palming”, which helps relax the eyes and increase productivity at work. Dr. Martinez shares the step-by-step instructions:

  1. Close your eyes.
  2. Place your palms over your eyes, blocking out all light.
  3. Take a deep, slow breath through the nose.
  4. Exhale very slowly through the nose.
  5. Repeat the breath 4 times.

With your eyes glued to a screen, your photoreceptors are constantly firing with the stimulus of light. Palming allows these photoreceptors to rest and recover. Dr. Martinez recommends repeating this exercise every 20 minutes for optimal results.

Reduce Glare

Working in a brightly lit room can create excess glare, which cuts down visibility and can lead to eye strain, tiredness, headaches and even migraines. Minimize glare by working in a low-light environment and try to position yourself without a window or bright lights behind you to avoid light reflecting off your computer and into your eyes.

Maintain a Natural Body Position

Avoid overextending the neck by looking too far up or down at your computer. Your head, neck and back should always be straight and in an upright, firm and comfortable position. Not only will good posture prevent pain, but you’ll also find that a healthy body position will encourage more positive thoughts and feelings, promoting overall well being in the workplace.

Position Your Monitor Appropriately

Most people position their monitor horizontally, however this often leads to the user overextending their neck. Instead, angle the computer the way you would a book–slightly low and inclined about 20 inches.

If you suffer from poor posture, give Advanced Wellness Systems a call at 301-710-9777 and schedule an appointment today.

GMW: Dr. Brian Paris Warns of the Dangers of Texting

Text Neck Epidemic

Mobile devices can literally become a pain in the neck. Constant texting, typing and tweeting can lead to “text neck,” and Dr. Brian Paris of Advanced Wellness Systems joins Good Morning Washington to shed light on the text neck epidemic and share tips for improving posture.

On air, Dr. Paris illustrates how long periods of technology use leaves users, particularly children, hunched over in a forward flex position. This poor posture places unnecessary pressure and stress on the neck, shoulders and spine. Not only does “text neck” impact one’s musculoskeletal system, poor posture negatively affects one’s emotional state and body language.

To combat the effects of “text neck,” Dr. Paris recommends using technology in 10-minute intervals and taking a 10-second break to get into correct posture:

  1. Get up.
  2. Grip the floor with your feet.
  3. Pull your belly button into your spine.
  4. Let your hands down.
  5. Stand up tall.

Watch Dr. Paris discuss the “text neck” epidemic on NewsChannel 8 above.

OMG: Texting is Damaging Your Spine

Time spent texting on your smartphone is reeking havoc on your posture, and you may not even realize it. According to a recent study and Dr. Brian ParisAdvanced Wellness Systems, that face-forward posture that’s become epidemic from constantly texting, typing and tweeting is bad for your neck and spine.

Our bodies instinctively hunch over when we use our smartphones and computers, but poor posture strains neck and back muscles, and makes joints work harder.

Dr. Paris admits technology has helped our work and personal lives, but we need to implement postural changes and be mindful of the time spent hunched over. It’s important to return back to an open, neutral and balanced posture. Our bodies function better when our head, shoulders, hips and ankles are aligned. If you insist on being hunched over when using devices, limit time spent hunched forward to 10 minutes.

Watch Dr. Paris’ explain the dangers of poor posture above.

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