According to a survey carried out by the National Institute of Health Statistics, 27% of respondents admitted they suffered from lower back pain; 15% from severe headaches; and 14% from neck pain.
Why do you think this chronic pain dilemma has escalated so much?
With a greater number of people now following an inactive lifestyle due to 9-5 desk jobs, the issue of chronic back pain has become a matter of serious concern.
Majority of the back pain cases reported, 54% are by Americans who experience acute lower back pain due to sitting at their work desks for prolonged periods of time.
Chronic back pain at work can be categorically dealt with by improving posture and making certain lifestyle amendments.
Here’s how you can stay on top of your health regime at work!
Proper Alignment Starts With the Feet
While sitting at your work desk, one thing that you should certainly be conscious of is your posture. With your feet flat on the ground, your spinal alignment is enhanced. Your back muscles and hips feel the strain of crossed legs. Make it a point to keep your feet firmly on the ground. Get a footrest if that helps.
The Alignment of the Hips
It’s all about making a conscious effort to sit straight. Do not put all your weight on one side; in fact, distribute it equally amongst your hips. Unequal pressure can lead to build of pressure all the way up to the spine. The computer screen should be at 90 degrees to the line of sight, with you sitting precisely in the middle of the seat. Computer screens that are placed below eye level often end up in neck pain—majorly due to the need to bend your head downwards.
Chin up, Shoulders Back, Back straight!
Time and again, tell yourself to straighten your shoulders so that they are in line with your spinal cord. Slouching puts undue pressure on your upper back and shoulders. Over time, it will become a habit, and you would have an erect body posture naturally.
Hold Yourself Accountable
Have someone to poke you and remind you to sit upright. This could be your work colleague or reminders in your computer or Smartphone. Schedule regular breaks every half an hour to give yourself time to stretch back and forth and avoid stiffness.
Make sure that you are making concerted and consistent efforts to protect your wellbeing at the workplace. Not giving attention to back-related issues may cause it to worsen. This may have a ripple effect on other bodily functions.