If you’ve got back, shoulder, or wrist pain after a long day of work, it’s important to take a look at the way you’re sitting and the quality of your desk chair.
We live in an increasingly digital world, and with the current pandemic, everything is moving online! This means that more and more of us are spending time sitting at computers for extended periods of time. Without the correct body positioning, workspace organization, and office chair, this could mean that you’re experiencing stiffness in the back and shoulders, tight hips, headaches, leg pain, and more.
We’re here to help! Let’s talk about some of the most important things you can do to improve your posture and get rid of that back pain at work.
First: Leg Positioning
We know that no one can sit in the exact same position all day long, but some of your positions could be causing you pain. For example, did you know that crossing your legs or resting them back on the legs of your chair decreases your circulation? You may have noticed your legs tingling or falling asleep. This is a sign that your blood flow is restricted! The best way to keep that blood moving is to place your feet on the floor with your knees at a little more than a 90 degree angle. Your thighs should be parallel to the floor, so be sure to adjust the height of your chair.
Second: Arms and Shoulders
Take a look at where your arms are resting. Any strain on your wrists, shoulders, or arms can lead to built up tension and stiffness. One simple thing you can do is adjusting the height of your keyboard. You’d be surprised at what that small change can do for you! If you talk on the phone a lot at work, consider getting a headset or bluetooth headphones that will cut down on neck strain.
Last: Back Support
Be sure to find a chair that is fully supporting your lower back. Your spine should be supported through the lumbar curve, which is often where back pain at work is started. Leaning back in your chair, while it seems comfortable at first, is actually putting too much pressure on your lower back. However, hunching forward is also creating an unnatural spinal curve. Try sitting straight up (and adjusting your chair!) so that your back is fully supported from your shoulders to your legs. Here’s a quick test: is every part of your back touching your chair? If it is, then you’ve got the right position!
We hope these tips will help you avoid back pain at work, and enjoy your days a little more! Click here to take a look at our favorite office chairs. The key to good work posture starts with the quality of your chair!