Do you work at a desk or sit for most of your day? Read on to find out how you can make some small changes to ensure you’re sitting correctly and improve your posture at work and combat lowerback pain, carpel tunnel, head aches and eye strain.
Poor posture when sitting has been linked to heart disease, obesity and diabetes. Being active outside of work can reduce these health risks but it doesn’t un-do the damage that prolonged sitting can cause.
Poor posture when sitting can not only lead to back pain but also problems with your wrists and elbows such as repetitive strain injury.
Here are some tops tips you can put in to practice straight away:
- Your eyes should be level with the top of your computer monitor
- Equipment such as your keyboard and mouse should all be easily accessible
- You should be sat back in your chair with your feet touching the floor
- Your arms should be parallel to the floor, ideally resting on a support
Aside from positioning yourself well at your desk, it is advised you change position at least every 30 minutes. This could be a toilet break or a walk to the printer and always aim to eat your lunch away from your desk.
If you haven’t got the appropriate equipment or if you experience discomfort using it, We can help! We offer comprehensive DSE (display-screen equipment) assessments to both individuals and organisations. This will involve an assessment at the workstation, the results of which will be presented in a report with recommendations for additional equipment you may require.
All assessments are completed by our Chartered Physiotherapist with additional training in this field.
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