Are you ergonomically correct?
It is well known that prolonged sitting is a high risk factor for lower back pain as it can cause your muscles to become inactive. Add to that the fact that the majority of people don’t have good posture while seated; just take a look around your office and you’ll probably notice someone resembling a contortionist or a twisted pretzel!
So today we’d like to give you some tips for being ergonomically correct when sitting at your desk. But besides taking these recommendations into account, it is important you also maintain a healthy and active lifestyle to avoid being sedentary and overweight.
1. Things On Your Desk
Accommodate the most used items on your desk (phone, mouse, or water bottle) by leaving them within a foot of you in order to avoid forcing your body into uncomfortable positions to reach them.
2. Computer Monitor and Eyes
It’s important to have your eyes in line with the area of the screen you focus on the most, whether that’s the top or the bottom. Looking down at your screen puts excess strain on your neck, which opens the gate to injuries such as cervical disc herniation, cervical strains, and headaches. You can elevate your monitor to eye level by stacking books underneath it.
3. Your Arms
Keep your arms at a comfortable 90-degree angle in a relaxed, neutral resting position. Remember that office chairs come with armrests for a reason, so make good use of them!
4. Your Back
Your back should be comfortable and supported, with a small curve in the lumbar spine (where your natural lower back is). Without support it tends to get too much of a curve in the opposite direction, leaving your lower back exposed to disc herniation and chronic postural lower back sprains and strains. If you don’t have an ergonomic chair with appropriate lower back support, try a pillow.
5. Legs and Feet
Your feet should be flat on the floor and your legs should be bent at a comfortable 90-degree angle.
6. Vertical Alignment
While seated, you never want to be reaching or leaning forward, because for every inch that the head comes forward, the spine feels as if it has an extra ten pounds of weight to support which causes major strain for your entire back.
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Terry Chiropractic Health Center
3083 Walnut Street
Boulder, CO 80301
(303) 440-0500 / (303) 440-4621