All offices should have a government health warning on the door:
“This office can give you pain. Beware!”
Well it’s true! Ever since the mid-80s, when we all started to use office computers so much more, there’s been a massive surge of back and neck pain.
But why? After all, you’re only sitting at a desk!
And that’s just where the problem lies.
Let’s take a closer look into this…
The three main culprits are:
- We sit badly – poor posture
- We sit for too long – static posture
- We don’t exercise at work – no movement
If we can cover these three points, then office pain IS preventable.
So, what do we need to do?
A: Getting into Good Posture
I’m not talking about shoulders-back, back-straight, look-like-a-ramrod! I’m talking about getting into your own personal good posture. And regularly coming back to that … because you WILL slouch during the day.
Because everybody’s good personal posture is different, then everybody’s workstation and chair setup is different. So that means you have to make sure everything you’re working with is in the appropriate position for YOU.
Do not neglect this – the penalty is pain!
Now, to be able to accomplish all this we need the correct equipment. Most desks in British offices are at a fixed height which means the chair needs to be fully adjustable. But don’t worry – if your chair’s any good, it will be adjustable. You’ve just got to learn how to do it.
So, once you’ve learnt your own good posture then you must make the chair, desk, maybe foot stool, and all necessary equipment fit YOU and support you in that good posture.
B: Stop Static Postures!
When we’re in one position for any length of time, certain structures in our body are under increased strain. This can lead to pain. And being static is an easy thing to do, because most people make the mistake of sitting glued to their screen without moving.
Now, just the slightest movement allows your body to cope with these strains. So, as mentioned before, regularly coming back to your good posture is also great because it creates movement and stops you being static. In fact, standing up (maybe when you’re talking on the phone, sometimes), fidgeting and wriggling in your chair,
So, once you’ve learnt your own good posture then you must make the chair, desk, maybe foot stool, and all necessary equipment fit YOU and support you in that good posture, or taking the opportunity to do a specific Office Pain Prevention Exercise will all help. Which brings us on to…
C: Office Pain Prevention Exercises
This is NOT about turning your office into a gym. No equipment or gym gear required!
Research has shown that there are specific exercises that will help you improve the quality of your posture and give you more resistance to office pain. They are simple, easy exercises that you should do at work; and most are doable at your desk.
In my next post I’ll show you a couple of really effective Pain Prevention Exercises you can do.
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