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HOW TO BE AN OFFICE GURU

HOW TO BE AN OFFICE GURU

Working in an office and sitting down in front of a computer all day may sound like a dream for some, but it’s not all it’s cracked up to be. Sitting on an uncomfortable chair with poor posture can leave you with crippling neck, shoulder and back pain. Here are some ways to cope with and prevent office injuries.
  • Choosing the right chair is vital for office workers. It must have the proper lumbar support in order to keep the natural curvature of the spine. When sitting in this supportive chair, ensure your knees are perpendicular to your hips, with your knees directly over your ankles, and if you have trouble doing this, you can try adding a foot stool to keep the desired hip and knee angles at 90 degrees.
  • Keeping your computer monitor at eye level can help alleviate neck pain. By keeping your computer monitor at a higher height, you are holding your head up high, keeping your neck straight, and therefore correcting your posture. It is also important to keep your shoulders upright too. A trick I use is to pretend I’m holding something between my shoulder blades.
  • Taking regular breaks away from your desk helps with reducing strain put on your back. At a minimum, you should stand up, walk around, or even stretch once an hour. Doing this also boosts your blood circulation.
  • Wrist pain is also a common pain felt. This is from overuse of the tendons by typing and using the mouse. To help manage this, you should stretch your wrists from time to time. This can be done by doing the prayer stretch, where you place your hands together in a prayer positions and push your elbows upwards.
  • Exercising on a regular basis helps by relieving tension in the body from your office job. It helps to maintain strength in your muscles and increases circulation. Exercising also helps to clear your mind after a long day at work.
Pictured is our receptionist, Jenny, hard at work!

Implementing these tips and tricks into your daily life will help to manage stress put on your body at work. However, if you are still feeling some pain after trying these out, come visit us at PhysioFlex.

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