Let's talk about Virtual Reality (VR) headsets, which is part of a larger postural issue with head mounted displays and the negative affects it has on our neck and back pain.
While Virtual Reality headsets can provide a fun and immersive experience, prolonged use may lead to several back pain related issues. Some of these issues include:
Poor posture: When using a VR headset, it's common for users to tilt their heads forward and round their shoulders, leading to a hunched posture. This posture puts extra strain on the muscles of the neck, shoulders, and upper back, leading to pain and discomfort.
Reduced movement: VR users often become so engrossed in the virtual world that they forget to move their bodies. This lack of movement can cause stiffness and tension in the muscles of the back, leading to pain and stress.
Lack of support: Many VR users sit on chairs or couches without proper back support. This lack of lumbar support can cause the muscles of the lower back to work harder to maintain good posture, leading to pain and muscle inbalance
Prolonged use: Using a VR headset for an extended period of time can cause fatigue in the muscles of the neck, shoulders, and upper back. This fatigue can lead to pain and soreness.
To avoid back pain related issues when using VR headsets, it's important to take frequent breaks, maintain good posture, use proper back support, and engage in stretching and movement exercises to keep the muscles loose and relaxed.