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Chiropractic Tips for Work

By Sara Butler

Life presents you with dangers every day. Just leaving your house could spell trouble for you – there are teenagers on the road, after all! Risks that aren’t as obvious as teenage drivers exist, too, and should also be on your radar. The biggest risk you might take in a day is sitting at your desk. Here are a few chiropractic tips to help you keep your body healthy as your work.

Do You Sit Correctly?

Goldilocks had the right idea when she was looking for a bed that was “just right.” You should apply her principles to your office chairs because you don’t want one that is too hard or too soft – it has to be just right.

A lot of unnecessary pressure and strain is put on your arms, legs, back, neck, and buttocks when you sit in a chair that doesn’t fit you correctly. A chair that is adjusted to your individual specifications helps to minimize the chance of sustaining injury from an awkward and strained body position.

Your Desk Is Laid Out All Wrong

Even when you’ve got a Goldilocks-approved chair, you still need to think about how your desk is set up. A desk that isn’t the right height can cause repetitive injuries to occur from all that reaching and awkward positioning. When you’re at your desk, everything you need should be within easy reach, including your keyboard, mouse, phone, and supplies. Also, make sure your computer screen is at eye level – looking down all day is terrible for your spine.

How’s Your Typing Form?

If you spend a lot of time typing, then neglecting your typing form can cause problems in your hands, wrists, arms, neck, and back. Your keyboard should be even with your elbows while your hands are held in a natural position over the keyboard. Try to type softly instead of banging on the keyboard with your fingers.

Your mouse should be within an easy reaching distance, close to your keyboard. Your hand should be in as neutral a position as possible as you use it, but you should avoid resting your hand on the mouse for long periods. If your job involves a lot of mouse work, it’s wise to invest in a more ergonomic mouse.

You have to work to live, but don’t set yourself up for pain and discomfort while you do it! If you have questions about the ways in which you can be healthier at your desk, talk to a chiropractor at The Joint!

To learn more about your health and wellness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic.


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