Avoid the Back Pain Epidemic
By Sara Butler
Low back pain may be more of a common complaint than you think, especially among people who sit for long periods of time. If you work most of your day sitting at a desk with little movement, then back pain may be in your future. Here are a few chiropractic tips to help you avoid back pain, no matter how much sitting your job involves.
Evaluate Your Elbows
You can help to avoid back pain from too much sitting by paying a little more attention to your elbows when you sit. Make sure to sit as close to your desk as possible, keeping your upper arms parallel to the spine. Your hands should rest on your work surface and your elbows should be bent at 90 degrees. You can always raise or lower your chair to help.
Think About Your Thighs
Your fingers should easily slide under your thigh at the edge of your chair. If there’s no room for this, then you need to find a way to elevate your feet. Adjustable footrests are easy to find and can really help. Conversely, if there’s too much room between the chair and the back of your thighs, then you need to raise your chair.
Count Your Calves
When you’re sitting in your office chair, pay attention to your ability to put a fist between the back of your calf and your chair because if you can’t do it, then you have problems! The chair may be too deep for you or you may need to adjust the backrest. You may want to consider adding a lumbar support cushion or get a new office chair altogether.
See About Support
You know you have the proper support for your lower back if there’s no room between the back of the chair and your lower back. This will prevent you from slouching down in the chair and help to reduce strain on your back as a whole, too.
Examine Eye Level
Your eyes should always aim straight ahead. If you find yourself looking down or up when viewing your computer screen, then you’re putting your back at risk. Adjust the computer screen to help reduce the stress and strain placed on your neck that can then lead to back pain.
Follow these tips and you're well on your way to a back free from pain with the help of your chiropractor at The Joint!
To learn more about your health and wellness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in San Jose, Calif.