As remote working becomes more and more popular, many of us have the flexibility of being able to work from the comfort of our own homes. But while remote working may seem like a liberating prospect, the reality can actually be quite harmful for our back health.
Our chiropractor in Stoke on Trent fears that the modern shift in working styles may cause a soar in the amount of workers who experience back pain. The main reason behind this is that workers who graft at home are more likely to sit for long periods of time, work at unsuitable stations and skip regular breaks.
So…if you were planning to undertake your latest project while lounging on your soft sofa watching daytime TV…think again! Even your home office chair may be putting your spine at risk!
Our chiropractor explains that sitting – in an office chair or in general – is a static posture that increases stress in the shoulders, back, arms and legs. More significantly, the sitting position causes large amounts of pressure to be placed on the back muscles and spinal discs. Moreover, sitting for a prolonged period is likely to cause you to slouch or slump down in your chair – two positions that can overstretch the spinal ligaments and strain the discs and surrounding structures in the spine. Over time, poor sitting posture can damage spinal structures and cause or amplify back pain.
If you work from home, it is vitally important that you set up a suitable workstation. Here are our top tips to help you to do this
Elbow Measure to Check Chair Height
Sit as close to your desk as comfortably possible so that your upper arms are parallel to your spine. Rest your hands on your keyboard. If your elbows are not at a 90-degree angle, adjust your office chair either up or down.
Thigh Measure to Check Leg Height
Check that you can comfortably slide your fingers under your thigh at the edge of your office chair. If the space feels too tight, you need to prop your feet up with an adjustable footrest. If you are very tall and you can feel more than a finger width between your thigh and the chair, you need to increase the height of your desk or work surface so that you can raise the height of your office chair.
Low Back Support Check
Check that your bottom is pressed against the back of your chair .There should be a cushion that causes your lower back to arch slightly. This will reduce the chances of your slouching or slumping in your chair as you become tired throughout the working day.
Resting Eye level Check
While sitting comfortably and with your head facing forward, close your eyes. When you open your eyes, your gaze should be aimed at the centre of your work screen. If your screen is higher or lower than your gaze, you need to either raise or lower it to reduce added strain on the upper spine.
These quick and simple checks may just prevent you from picking up a painful back injury. Put them at the top of your “to do” list today.
Take your first step towards better health and call us on 01782 848 184 today
From the team at City Chiropractic Clinic
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