Improve Your Workspace for Spinal Health
By Sara Butler
Many people spend a lot of time sitting at their desk every day. There’s mounting evidence that all that sitting is bad for your spine, but what can you do if sitting is a part of your job? You have to make a living! There are some easy ways to improve your workspace in order to promote better spinal health, and by following these tips you can feel better at the end of the day too! Plus, your chiropractor will be proud of these changes!
You need a chair that is friendly to your posture, and it needs to have a comfortable cushion for your body, too. Other things to look for in an office chair include:
- Adjustable height
- Ability to roll or swivel
- Arm support
These qualities are a good place to start in order for your chair to help support you while sitting instead of causing problems. You may also want to set an alarm to remind you to get up at least once an hour to move around and stretch. You don’t have to do anything fancy, just walking to the restroom or the water cooler can have a big impact on how you feel over the course of the day.
Your Computer Screen
Your computer screen should be just below or at eye level if a computer is a part of your daily work life. It’s very important to ensure you are taking steps to keep your head level, because if you spend most of the day tilting your head down even slightly, then you will run into problems with your neck and shoulders down the road. If you use a laptop, then you need to invest in a laptop stand or stack up some books to put it at eye level.
Since sitting is the enemy of your spine health, consider getting a standing desk. Standing desks help to take some of the pressure off your back that sitting for long periods can cause, and it helps to improve your posture, too. If you’re not sitting, it’s hard to develop poor sitting posture, after all!
Your chiropractor at The Joint can help you to discover ways to make your workstation a bit friendlier to your spine – all you have to do is ask the next time you’re in for an adjustment!
To learn more about your health and wellness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic.