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Posted on 11-16-2015
Many people who sit at a desk for their full-time job can relate to problems with back pain. Even a person with a healthy back can experience discomfort, but someone with existing back problems knows the pain that often comes from sitting all day. If you spend your work day in an office chair, avoid back injuries using some of these tips.
Adjust your monitor or paperwork in front of you so you can look straight ahead. Looking down creates strain on the neck and back.
Sit closer to your desk. Holding arms out away from your body to reach your keyboard or mouse can be detrimental.
- Keep feet flat on the floor. This will keep the spine aligned, as well as avoid problems in knees and legs.
- Keep the core strong. Exercises such as yoga or pilates strengthen core muscles that help keep the back healthy.
- Take frequent breaks. The Center for Disease Control recommends standing up at least once an hour for a few minutes and stretching to alleviate stress on the back. It will also help fight other health issues that result from inactivity.
- Choose the best chair for you. There are a lot of options out there, and if you're stuck in a chair for several hours a day, certainly choose an ergonomic model. In offices that are a little more flexible, some people are more comfortable sitting on a yoga ball, or even switching over to a higher desk that they can stand at while working.
- Get regular treatment. Don't ignore back pain. If you're experiencing discomfort, make an appointment with a chiropractor who can evaluate you and see what's going on. At your appointment, ask about exercises and other activity that will promote back health.
If your job involves a lot of sitting, you may be experiencing back pain. To reduce your chances of ongoing discomfort, use these tips. For pain that persists, contact us.
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