Chiropractic Tips for Desk Work
By Sara Butler
Your workspace is a minefield. One wrong turn and boom! You’re injured and you don’t even know how you got there. So many people spend so long at their desks each day they need to take special precautions to care for their body as they are taking care of business. Here are some chiropractic tips to help keep you healthy at your desk.
Do You Sit Correctly?
Everyone uses Goldilocks as a cautionary tale, but she was really onto something. It’s important that you select the right kind of chair to sit in because it has a pretty big impact on your overall health. If you’re sitting in a chair all day long that places unnecessary pressure on your back, shoulders and neck, then you’re going to have problems bigger than cold porridge - you'll have problems with pain and discomfort down the road.
You need to choose a chair that can be adjusted to fit you. It needs to support your back, legs, arms, and buttocks appropriately. You also have to be mindful of your posture all day, but an ergonomically correct chair will help you to minimize your exposure to those strained positions.
Is Your Desk Laid Out Wrong?
Even with the most advanced ergonomic chair in the world, if your desk is laid out all wrong it can cause injury. Your desk needs to be the right height for you so that you are not making the same repetitive movements, such as bending, all day long to utilize the things you need. You need a desk that makes it comfortable for you to reach your keyboard, your phone and anything else you use frequently. You may want to consider a footrest for your desk as well to help reduce the stress and strain on your lower back throughout the day.
Are You Typing Wrong?
Even if you can perfectly type 100 words per minute, if you’re not using your keyboard in the right position you may be setting yourself up for some uncomfortable wrist, back and neck conditions. Your keyboard should be at the same height as your elbows, and your hands should be in as natural a position as you can hold them. The wrists should not be bent either, but even with the backs of your hands. Avoid typing while angry since you don’t want to bang on your keyboard.
Following these tips can make your work day a lot more pleasant! If you have questions, talk to your chiropractor about them during your next adjustment at The Joint Chiropractic.