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Use Office Ergonomics to Avoid Back Pain

Use Office Ergonomics to Avoid Back Pain

Do you constantly find yourself leaning in towards your workstation to see your computer monitor?  Or perhaps you’re constantly stretching forward to reach the phone.  If so, you could well be setting yourself up for chronic back pain.  Hours and hours of stretching and reaching causes tension and stress on your back muscles, especially in the lower back region.  Constant use of these muscles usually results in a tired, achy back.  However, there a few simple ways to eliminate these types of aches and pains. 

Office Ergonomics to Avoid Back Pain

Good office ergonomic practices will help you keep your back in a non-stressed or neutral position as you work.  This will eliminate the strain and stress and thus the pain.  These simple practices involve 3 areas.  
 
  1. First, check how you currently sit at work.  A chair that is placed too far away from your desk will have you leaning in and stretching forward, thus placing strain on your lower back.  If your chair is in the proper position, and you’re still reaching, try moving regularly used items within closer reach on your workstation.  
  2. Next check to make sure the lower back support (the lumbar support) on your chair is adjusted to fit the lower curve in your back.  You should be able to sit back in your chair comfortably with good support as you work.  
  3. Finally, if you have trouble getting your chair to the proper height for your work station or you cannot adjust the lumbar support, you may want to consider purchasing a chair with the adjustable functions you need.  
The end result will be more productivity, more comfort, and less back pain.