Ways To Prevent Back Pain At Work


These days, we as human beings find ourselves working indoors, sitting in front of a computer, and pounding away at keys more than ever before. Our work lifestyle as a nation requires us to sit for extremely long periods of time to accomplish our daily tasks and goals. One of the most common side effects of this work lifestyle is a bad back. As if strained eyes weren’t enough, now our backs are starting to ache because we sit too much and for too long. Though it may seem that there is nothing that you can do in order to fight back problems at work, there are actually some fairly easy ways that you can improve your spinal health and overall feeling at work.
Back pain is the second most common complaint associated with patients visiting doctors, yet most people do not realize how common lower back pain is in the workplace. Many of us suffer from lower back pain at work, yet do nothing about it. There are a few ways that you can help relieve some of the pressure on your discs and joints throughout the day:
Stand up while you are on the phone: A phone call from corporate or a client can be a great opportunity for you to get off your rear. Take the opportunity to stand and stretch a little while you are on the phone.
Check your desk posture: An ergonomic chair will help your desk posture dramatically. If your boss won’t spring for an adjustable chair, a small pillow will do the trick as well. You want your feet to lightly rest on the floor. Watch your neck to make sure that you are not straining it forward, otherwise you could end up with a stiff neck.
Get up and walk around: Standing up while on the phone might not stretch you out enough to prevent back pain. It is good to set a reminder to take walks once in awhile. If you have a headset, try walking around the office. Many companies are dropping land-lines for employee cell phones. Taking a long call while walking around your building might be a welcomed break for your back.
Don’t forget to ask your chiropractor about other ways that you can save your back while at work. Massage therapy and chiropractic adjustments can help relieve pressure as well.
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