The desk job: you just can’t seem get away from low back and neck pain. But would you change things up if your chiropractic physician told you to? Well, that’s what I’m doing right now.
You might like your desk job, but your body probably hates it if you’re doing it the way most people do—sitting in the same position for hours on end. But how do you get away from your desk, or at least make your desk less harmful to your body, when your work can only be done at that desk?
I’m glad you asked. Here’s some advice from your chiropractic physician.
Create a Work Space That Works
First, if you’re working at a desk all day, you’ve got to make sure your desk works for you. Set up your work space in a way that is going to help you keep your back and neck in a comfortable position while you’re working. You might not know it, but your chair could be too low, your computer monitor too high, your keyboard too far away from your chest.
All of these things and others combine to affect your posture—and when your posture is off for all those hours you’re pulling, your vertebrae and discs are going to pay for it. Some people go years without making adjustments to their workspaces, which is a big reason that many of them have to visit a doctor or chiropractor.
Don’t Sit in the Same Position All Day
I cannot stress this point enough as a chiropractic physician—DON’T SIT IN THE SAME POSITION ALL DAY. Even for a few hours, sitting still can have adverse effects on your musculoskeletal health.
The best thing you can do for your spinal health is to get up and move around at least for a few minutes every half hour. Go ahead and set a timer for yourself and force yourself to get up and take a quick walk around the office. Go to the restroom. Get a drink from the water fountain. Grab a cup of coffee. Do something besides sit at your desk.
This tip kind of goes hand-in-hand with the last one. While you’re up and moving, take a second to do a few stretches. If your neck is sore, limber up your neck. If you’ve got leg pain, do some squat stretches. It might look funny, but trust me—your body will thank you years, maybe even months, down the road.
It can even help to just stand up for a minute or two. This is the great thing about having an adjustable standing desk. If you get uncomfortable sitting down, you can just raise your desk and stand for 20 or 30 minutes without missing a beat with your work.
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