How to Avoid Discomfort and Fatigue at Your Workstation
By Sara Butler
You spend a lot of time at work, so setting up your desk to be comfortable and kind to your body should be at the top of your priority list. If you often see your chiropractor for neck, shoulder or back pain related to spending so much time at your desk, you need to read these tips to help reduce the stress, strain, and fatigue you may be placing on your body at work.
There are several things you can do to keep your body from fatiguing at work, which can cause your posture to become problematic and lead to aches, pains and even injury. To ensure you’re caring for your body appropriately, you should:
- Always make sure your arms are supported – The weight of your arms may not seem like a big deal, but it can lead to a lot of issues with your back, neck, and shoulders. Always make sure the weight of your arms is supported by the arms of the chair you sit in and give your back a break!
- Pay attention to the position of your head – Your ears should be over your shoulders, otherwise, you are engaging in what is called a forward head posture and this is something that will make your chiropractor frown big-time! The weight of your head should be over your neck and your chin should be tucked down.
- Don’t be a slouch – When you slump over your desk and slouch you are putting a lot of pressure on the spongy little discs that live between your vertebrae in your spine. Make sure you use the lumbar support on your office chair to help support the natural curves in your spine.
- Don’t let your feet dangle – If your feet don’t touch the floor when you sit at your desk chair then you need a stool or footrest. Your feet should be flat on the floor in order to avoid putting pressure on your legs, which also puts pressure on your hips, knees and lower back!
Some Other Tips
You can also protect your muscles from fatigue by making sure you exercise regularly and drink at least half of your body weight in ounces of water a day. Breaks to stretch out and walk around at least once an hour, if not twice, is also a great way to be kind to your body. If you need more guidance you should talk to your chiropractor during your next adjustment at The Joint Chiropractic.