Do you suffer from back or neck pain caused by extended time spent sitting at your desk? Studies show that sitting idle and staring at your computer for 40 hours a week can be harmful to your spine and cause pain and other negative health repercussions. Here are some helpful hints for staying limber at your desk:

  1. Stretch – Be sure to keep those muscles limber by taking time to stretch throughout the workday. Every hour or so, get up and stretch your legs, arms and back. Hold each stretch for about 30 seconds and breathe slowly in and out while you’re at it. Stretching will help you stay loose and limber and may also help prevent pain.
  1. Take a Walk – If you can, take a few minutes to walk around your office or work area. Sitting idle prevents blood flow and keeps your productive juices from flowing as well. You may be surprised what talking a short walk each day can do for your overall health. Better yet, attempt a quick workout on your lunch break if possible!
  1. Replace your Chair – Ever try using an alternative seat? Studies show that using a yoga ball instead of a chair helps tone core muscles and reinforces good posture. Also, try finding a chair with additional lumbar support that will keep you comfortable throughout the day.
  1. Standing Station – Consider a standing workstation. A standing workstation is easy to build or buy and will help you burn more calories and literally stay on your toes throughout the day. Standing while working is better for the human body in virtually every way possible.
  1. Optimize your Work Station – Be sure your computer screen is at eye-level. You should not be looking up or down, as that will put strain on your neck and spine. Keep your legs uncrossed and on the ground. Maintain a good posture throughout the day.

Each of these tips will help you stay limber at your desk while at work. While many of these tips have proven to be helpful, try doing some research on your own and see which methods work best for you. Many of us simply don’t realize our own daily habits may be adversely affecting our health and that’s why it’s important to become educated on the many ways we can help better ourselves.

For more information, call or visit the Spine & Orthopedic Center today!