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Posted on 12-15-2014
Are you reading this on a computer? If so, how is your posture, and how does your back feel? If you spend most of your working day at a desk in front of a computer, you most likely have experienced some type of back pain, neck pain, sciatica or headache. There are a number of things you can do to avoid this kind of pain while at work. If these solutions are not enough, visiting a chiropractor can work wonders for persistent pain.
Tips for avoiding back or neck pain:
- Check your posture! Slouching forward puts three times the pressure on your neck to hold your head up, because it is designed to hold up your head, which is 8-12 pounds, with a straight spine. Sit up straight while working on a computer.
- Do regular neck stretches. Pull your head back, as if giving yourself a double chin, to relieve pressure and neck pain. Stretch your neck by reaching your left ear to your left shoulder, and right ear to your right shoulder. Stretching these muscles can prevent and improve headaches.
- Take breaks. Stand up at least once per hour to alleviate tension that is building up in your spine. This tension can lead to sciatica, or pain in the lower back and legs, if it is not relieved regularly.
- Find the right equipment. Make sure your chair has lumbar support, and that your desk is large enough to rest your forearms before the keyboard. Desk height is important too, especially if your chair is not adjustable. Over- or under-reaching can increase back pain.
Paying attention to your posture, doing regular stretches, giving yourself computer breaks and ensuring your working atmosphere is healthy, can greatly improve any back or neck pain, headaches or sciatica you experience. Persistent pain is greatly helped by chiropractic care; if these solutions don’t help, be sure to seek out a chiropractor in Lexington, Kentucky.
Dr. Heath Gallentine
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