For many people post-pandemic, working from home is the normal way of doing business. Some still go into an office to work daily. Regardless of your location, there has been an uptick of people experiencing back pain due to improper and uncomfortable office chairs and the lack of a proper ergonomic setup.
It is important that you create a workspace that is beneficial to your regular position. This means that all office essentials should be always within arm’s reach of you. A space can be defined as “ergonomic” when you have everything within reach, without having to strain to reach anything.
Sitting Up With Proper Posture
Many people consider standing up straight, but not sitting up straight. When you sit in your office chair, you should always ensure that your chair sits high (or low) enough that your feet are firmly planted on the floor. Your legs should be about 2-4” in front of the edge of the seat, and arms should be bent at a 90-degree angle when resting on the desk. Chairs come with many different features that allow height-adjustable arm rests, adjustable tilt, adjustable seat back angles, lumbar support, and even adjustable hip-huggers. There is no one-size-fits-all chair, so shop around to get the one that’s right for your body!
Monitor Viewing Height
To prevent neck strain, your computer monitor should be eye level. This will prevent you from having to bend your neck forward or backward to view the screen on a consistent basis. Many newer monitors are height-adjustable right out of the box but consider monitor risers/stands to raise your screen to a level that is comfortable to you.
Work In Some Breaks
It is suggested that you take a stretch break after every hour of sitting. Even a small lap around the room can be beneficial to your body’s health. Use an alarm clock to remind you to stand up and move around for just a minute or so every hour.
Neck Back And Shoulder Pain Relief
If you are suffering from stiff muscles and joints in the neck, back, or shoulder area, due to improper ergonomics in the workplace, seek out the professional pain relief team at Advanced Medical of Twin Cities. The team of experts on hand can combine massage therapy with basic chiropractic techniques that will have you feeling better in no time! Call (763) 541-1280 or schedule an appointment online. The team is standing by!