Does back pain have you feeling down? That could be due to bad habits such as slouching and inactivity at work. These bad habits can cause muscle fatigue and tension which can ultimately lead to poor posture and back pain for many adults.
For most of us, we spend the majority of our days sitting at a desk and in front of a computer screen trying to find the most comfortable position to sit in. Unfortunately, this often does not involve sitting with our backs straight.
If you find yourself sitting most of your 8-hour workday, now is the perfect time to introduce ergonomic desks to your workplace. What are they? Ergonomic desks will allow you to stand or sit as you would like. The adjustable height allows you to customize your desk when sitting which will allow your spine to be in an upright position comfortably. Your feet will also lay flat on the ground and your head will no longer be lowered into an unnatural position, resulting in reduced strain on your neck and back.
Poor posture not only affects your neck and back, but it can also take a major toll on other parts of your body, including your digestive system, cardiovascular system and can even lead to obesity.
Your digestive system needs room to work. When your body is in a slumped position you’re adding unwanted pressure to your insides. Correcting your posture allows food to pass through more efficiently. The same thing goes for your heart and lungs which impacts your circulation making it harder for blood to pass through. Studies also suggest that standing for 15 minutes each hour will also reduce stress and fatigue as well as increase your mood during the workday.
Here are a few added tips on what you can do to better your spine health….
- Keep your computer monitor at eye level so your head doesn’t tilt.
- Pull your shoulders back and keep your back flat against the chair.
- Rest your feet flat on the ground—no crossing ankles or legs.
If you have concerns about pain related to poor posture, DASHA®’s Chiropractic Team of “independent client providers” can help evaluate and diagnose the problem area and help to work with you on your journey to enhancing your wellbeing®. To learn more and to book your next appointment click here.