Did you know back pain is one of the most common reasons for missed work? In fact, it’s the second most common reason for visits to the doctor’s office, outnumbered only by upper-respiratory infections. Often, research shows, work itself can be the cause.
Sitting still at a desk day after day can result in serious medical problems such as a herniated disk or sciatica. If the way you work isn’t working for your back, here are a few steps you can take to ease your pain:
- Make an effort to stand or engage in light activity at least two to four hours a day. For example, go on a lunchtime stroll or make a few extra trips to the copier.
- Whenever possible, try not to strain forward. Focus on aligning your head and neck above your shoulders.
- Position your mouse close to your keyboard to avoid twisting your shoulder and arm.
- Your chair choice is key; make sure it’s slightly reclined.
- Push in your chair so your torso is only an arm’s length away from the monitor.
- Keep your feet flat on the floor to prevent tension in your knees.
- Finally, remember to take a few breaks. Roll your shoulders and take a few deep breaths to relieve built-up tension.
If all else fails, try an alternative method to combat the perils of desk life. These days, many workers find new ways to switch up their position, including swapping traditional chairs for bouncy balls or stand-up desks.
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