Believe it or not there is a condition called ‘screen-apnoea’, coined back in 2008 and plays on the term for the serious condition ‘sleep apnoea’, in which sufferers may stop breathing for short periods of time while they sleep.
Well ‘screen-apnoea’ is now being used by those treating office worker’s, and a 2009 study, published by Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback, found that the 12 participants (yes it is only a few, but anecdotal evidence is now proving this to be the case) held their breath, breathed shallowly and rapidly, increased their heart rate and muscle tension when sending and receiving text messages or emails.
This could be because when concentrating hard we tend to hold our breath (or in my case, sticking out my tongue!) which then causes tightness in the neck and shoulders, and can also cause back pain thanks to a compromised posture.
In a 2006 study of more than 38,000 women (that's more like it), researchers found that back pain was more strongly related to breathing disorders than obesity or physical activity. This is because the main breathing muscle, the diaphragm, is also one of the core muscles that supports and stabilises the torso. So when the diaphragm’s dual role of breathing and stabilisation is too great, breathing wins out.
POWERbreathe Inspiratory Muscle Training can help you to breathe deeply into your diaphragm, teaching good practice for your breathing in an age when we seem to be suffering from ‘screen apnoea’.
- Level 1 - Light to Medium (introductory level for new users)
- Level 2 - Medium to Heavy (for those who are moderate to very fit)
- Level 3 - Heavy to Extreme (Only for those who have reached the maximum loading on Level 2)
- All-in-one (adaptable K-Series for personalised training for everyone)
Read more about this in the article published in Daily Life Australia online - Do you suffer from screen apnoea?