How You Can Avoid Back Pain at Work
By Sara Butler
Back pain is rearing its ugly head in people of all ages recently, but it seems that according to the National Institutes of Health, you’re at an increased risk of developing it if you work at a desk. Sitting all day performing the same motions, and sitting in the same (poor) posture, can really be wreaking havoc on your back no matter your age. If you want to prevent back pain at work, you should follow these chiropractic tips.
Check Your Posture
If you sit in a chair in front of a computer for prolonged periods of time, then it’s time you start paying better attention to your posture. Your head should be right over your shoulders, and your computer screen should be at eye level so you don’t have to look down as you work. And more importantly, listen to what your grandmother told you growing up and don’t slouch!
Get a Good Chair
You don’t have a buy a fancy chair that costs a bazillion dollars, but what you do need is a chair that supports the natural curves of your back to help reduce discomfort throughout the day. It also should be adjustable for height so that your feet can remain flat on the ground. If you need extra support, roll up a towel or sweatshirt to place behind your lower back.
Wear Comfy Shoes
For all the ladies out there: You should avoid wearing heels to work. Or, if you need to, have other shoes you can slip on if you have to do a lot of walking or stand for prolonged periods. High heels throw off your center of gravity, causing your whole body to lean forward. High heels may look cute, but your back will pay for it!
Take Lots of Breaks
When you sit in the same position for a long time it really puts pressure on your spine. You should set a reminder to get up and move around every 30 minutes or so. Take the time to stretch out, too. This will force you to change the way you’re sitting periodically so your body and joints don’t lock up on you.
See Your Chiropractor
Seeing your chiropractor regularly can help you to keep your body healthy and free from joint dysfunction and restriction. This can go a long way in keeping you free from back pain, no matter your age!
To learn more about your health and wellness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic.