The incredible advancement of computers and digital technologies in recent years has opened so many doors to us in the workplace. The downside is that this means more of us than ever are spending an unhealthy amount of time sitting down looking at screens, and this can have a detrimental effect on our health, with side effects such as back pain being particularly common. Here are a few things you can do to combat back pain.
Ensure your work station is set up correctly
Sitting for long periods is never going to be ideal but having the proper work station set up can really help. Ensure your computer, chair and desk are all at the correct height, that you’re employing a good sitting posture and that your desk equipment is laid out effectively to avoid harmful movements. Ask your employer for a work station set up and discuss the possibility of spending some time at a standing desk, to reduce the strain on your back.
Take regular breaks
Sitting in one position for too long is one of the biggest contributors to back pain so try to take regular short breaks, rather than just one or two long ones. Getting up for a couple of minutes every 30 minutes can be a great help. This doesn’t need to be unproductive time – combine it with trips to the photocopier, making a cup of tea or asking a colleague a question face to face.
Be proactive about pain
If you have back pain, don’t just ignore it and wait for it to go away. Seeing a specialist straight away will get you on the road to recovery much quicker and ensure you aren’t doing anything that could inflame the problem. Feel free to get in touch with the Bristol Chiropractic Clinic any time if you have any questions. We’d love to help!