It is so easy to form bad habits making hard to avoid back pain.
When our day gets busy and we’re glued to our desks, our abdominal and back muscles can fatigue, causing us to slouch. This puts abnormal load and pressure on your joints which can then stress the rest of your system.
This stress can lead to issues such as: back pain, chronic or frequent headaches, poor mental health and insufficient movement and muscle activity.
Being aware of your posture during all of your daily activities is the best way to ensure you are using good body mechanics.
Millions of people spend a large amount of their time sitting at their desk. Desk work can be tough on the back causing back pain – especially if proper body mechanics are not being used.
To help you tackle this invisible danger, we’ve listed some helpful guidelines below. Follow them to help yourself minimise the negative impacts of sedentary work:
Avoid sitting in one position for long periods of time. Get up and move as often as you can. This will not only help relieve stress on your spine, it also helps increase circulation and decrease muscle fatigue.
Be aware of your posture. Are you sitting correctly? Recheck throughout your day.
Make sure the surface you are sitting at is at the correct height for you so that your forearms are at 90 degrees to your upper arms.
Ensure that your chair is supportive and at the right height for you so your feet can touch the ground. Use a footstool if necessary.
Adjust the height of your monitor so you are looking straight ahead, rather than down.
If you are using a stand up desk, make sure that you vary its position. You may want to use the 80/20 rule; 80% of the time standing and 20% of the time sitting or any other percentage combination that may work for you.
easy to incorporate the principals mentioned above into your daily life. It may
seem unnatural at first, but if you keep at it, they will very easily become
routine and your body will thank you for it.
Remember, it is important how your body interacts with your work environment. An ergonomic mismatch can lead short and long-term issues that can cause back pain, negativity impacting your productivity at work. Avoid back pain and get adjusted today!