Admittedly, the bright but crisp weather here in Pennsylvania called out for a long morning walk and some antiquing-but not before a quick review of the day's media highlights and lowbeams. For it is especially now during the December fortnight of holidays and celebrations that marketers of purported health and wellness wares are lurking in the daylight trying to grab all or a large portion of your holiday monetary gifts.
So not too surprisingly, stealthily placed online where 79% of the U. S. shops, Upright's answer to "screen slouch" → Upright Go, was quickly located. The Upright GO Smart Posture Corrector, reminds you to sit up and improve your posture as you plug away at your mobile device for the unreasonably and ridiculously priced $99 ($79 with the new year 20% off special)
Screen slouch? Really?
We all have the capacity to be at our monitor straighteners if we just take the stretch and flex breaks.
Posture corrector? Come on now!
The best person to correct posture is the person who isn't maintaining the proper posture.
1. Wellness advocates are more accurately hash tagging this phenomena of painful neck, shoulders, and headache as #techneck to describe the painful condition creeping into our daily existence and showing up at healthcare provider offices.
2. Innovation that is cost efficient, increases the patient's experience, and adds quality to healthcare is desirable and necessary (Institute for Healthcare Improvement [IHI] Triple Aim) so cool beans for your "innovation" Upright; however, the concern, therefore, is one of ethics.
3. You see, device and dedicated app, particularly to $100/pop are completely unnecessary. Behavioral modifications (see #4 below) are all that are needed to PREVENT #techneck #screenslouch #textneck #thenewcarpaltunnelsyndrome #screenslump
4. Taking frequent and quick breaks (at least hourly) from staring at the computer screen that many of us leisurely or occupationally are tethered to these days, exercises right at the desk, using a chair with a headrest, keeping chin tucked in instead of poked out while viewing the screen, strategic/ergonomic placement of computer in the workplace, chiropractic checkups, regular massages,etc. all represent more (cost) efficient and therapeutic ways of preventing and treating tech neck.
Remember pain (in the neck) should not be ignored or self-treated without first consulting a certified health professional for proper diagnosis and treatment and prevention suggestions.
Upright is good. But, upstanding is better.
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