If you work in an office, there is a high likelihood that you spend most of the time in front of a computer with almost everything else within arms reach. Like most people today, even after work, you are likely to keep switching between your laptop, smartphone, or TV. Sadly, this trend can have a negative impact on your body, eventually causing discomfort or pain. Even so, you can make a few changes in how you work to alleviate and prevent back pain. The tips below can help you attend to your demanding job and endure long working hours without worrying too much about back and neck pain.
Set up your Working Station
First and foremost, your office chair needs to be comfortable, with lumbar support, and should also be adjustable to lean forward and backward with ease. Once you have set up your chair, try to sit as close to the desk as possible but be comfortable. Position your screen in such a way that you won’t strain your neck as you work. The upper end of the monitor should be at least the same level with your eyes. In addition, you need to stretch often and switch between standing and sitting while you work. Therefore, a standing desk or an adjustable one would be great for that purpose.
Life today is too demanding, thus, people have resulted in working overtime in an effort to make ends meet. With most modern offices and workplaces centered around working while seated, your sitting position can go a long way in preventing back pain. First of all, ensure your feet are flat on the floor with the chair’s height allowing your thighs to slightly angle downwards. That helps to maintain your posture and relieve your spine from the pressure of supporting your body weight. Your hands should comfortably rest on the desk with the elbows at a ninety-degree angle. You can adjust the height of the chair to assume the aforementioned position.
More often than not, most people like my friend Anne tend to fix things when the damage has already occurred. Sometimes it’s hard to be perfect and the demanding nature of jobs today can drive you to your limits. Thus, if your back or spine is already strained and you are suffering from back pain, inversion therapy can help to relieve the pain and re-energize your body. You will, however, need to invest in an inversion table, which is readily available in the market. With inversion therapy, your body is inverted upside down, at an angle that is most likely to offer you the full benefits of the therapy, which include, decompressing spine discs and reducing tension in the muscles.