Effective Ways for Relieving Back PainMake sure that you have the right support for your spine. It is very common to slouch at your desk or keyboard. This leads to muscle and tendon strains which even starts to affect the disks in your spine.
Sitting for long hours at your computer can cause severe back pain, and aggregate many injuries that you may have. There are ways that you can reduce pain and increase the level of comfort in your working day by optimizing the ergonomics of your working space.
Make sure that you have the right support for your spine. It is very common to slouch at your desk or keyboard. This leads to muscle and tendon strains which even starts to affect the disks in your spine.
Check the height of your PC
Your workspace needs to be at the right height for you to work without twisting your head, neck or arms at a funny angle. The position of your monitor, your office chair and desk height all contribute to either supporting your spine or, placing your body under stress. You can quickly check if the height of your monitor is at the correct height. Open your eyes, and your gaze should naturally rest in the middle of the screen. Raise your screen, or check your chair height. Your arms should be at 90-degree angles, and wrists supported.
Your Office Chair
What type of support does your lower back have? Modern office chairs are often designed with extra lumbar support – firm cushioning or mesh wireframes. You can also buy different cushions or a mesh frame and attach it to your chair. Supporting your spine and sitting up straighter will help prevent poor posture too.
It’s very unhealthy to remain static, or in any position, for too long. Be sure to stretch your legs often if you spend a lot of time on a desk job. It’s tempting to work through your lunch hour but rather go for a walk. Increased circulation and working your muscles will keep you younger and fitter. Stretch your arms and body, your arms and hips. Being seated for too long puts your joints under pressure also. Get moving and get your blood pumping.
How well do you fit, under your workspace?
Ideally, you should never be wedged into too small space to work, comfortably. If you are exceptionally tall, or short, you may need to raise or lower your seat height to accommodate your frame. You should have space between the edges of your seat and back of your knees, but, your office chair needs to support your weight fully. Look at the armrests too, and check their height? You may need a footstool to rest your feet on if you are on the shorter side.
We often work long hours at computers, and how they are positioned affects not only our vision but our spine health too. Turning our necks, and heads, at strange angles will give us headaches and strain our muscles. A chair that doesn’t provide your back enough support will put a strain on your body. Check the ergonomics of your workstation. Get moving!