An office job, though you may be unaware, can harm your health. Recognized as a serious health concern is excessive sitting. You should keep your posture in mind if you must sit throughout the day. Determined by workplace ergonomics is whether or not you have the correct posture at your desk. To better your posture, we at Revelation Chiropractic below are some chiropractic tips.
Physical & Other Symptoms of Sitting Too Much
Heavy manufacturing or construction are not limited with work-related disorders. In all types of industries and work environments, including office spaces, issues can still occur. Repetitive motion, staying in the same position, and poor posture can cause or worsen musculoskeletal disorders according to research. While doing repetitive motions and staying in one position is typical of a desk job. Especially while sitting, habits we build at our desk can contribute to discomfort and health issues. Such issues include:
– neck and shoulder pain
– musculoskeletal disorders
– lower back pain
– carpal tunnel
In addition to stretching periodically, correcting your posture, and visiting a chiropractor can help maintain your health and avoid issues that develop. Consider the tips below.
How Do You Realign Posture?
With your upper arms parallel to your spine, try to sit as close to your desk as possible and rest your hands on the work surface. By adjusting the height of your office chair as needed, make sure you have your elbows at a 90-degree angle. While you do this, your legs should also bend 90 degrees at the knees. You should take regular breaks to get up, walk around, and stretch if you find this difficult to maintain.
Which Chair is Best for Posture?
By looking at the depth of your chair, ensure proper workplace ergonomics. The distance between the front of the seat and the back is a chair’s depth. To maximize circulation in your legs throughout the day, it is crucial to have the proper chair depth. In order to ensure your chair is the proper depth for optimal workplace ergonomics, you can measure the distance between the front edge of the seat and your calves. Your chair depth is suitable if you can fit your fist in that space. When it comes to back support, workplace ergonomics put a lot of focus. In addition to having padding that pushes your back forward when seated, it is it is imperative that your office chair provides a back support angle beyond 90 degrees. This will decrease low back pain as slouching is prevented.
Stay at Computer Level
More strain on your neck and shoulders can be caused by looking down at your computer for an extended period. You should place the computer 18-30 inches away from your eyes and tilt the screen 15-20 degrees to maintain correct posture. Keeping the mouse within easy reach of the keyboard on the same surface is highly recommended. Your wrists should be straight, your upper arms should be close to your body, and your hands should be at or slightly below elbow level as you type or operate a computer mouse.