Is your job a pain in your neck? Have you experienced physical pain in the past six months? As per the study conducted by Avanta India, around 65% of respondents said that they have felt pain in their lower backs, 50% in their necks, 35% in their shoulders, while 30% said that they’ve had pain in their wrists and upper backs.
So what’s the main reason behind all this discomfort in the office? Over a quarter of surveyed office goers, think that this physical pain is part and parcel of their desk job. If you slouch over a keyboard for long hours, then it’s sure to cause muscle fatigue from postural stress.
If you spend a large of your day sitting on your bum, then it’s important to give your body breaks by standing in between. Standing up in between will get your blood moving up and out. You should also pause in between to stretch or chat with your co-workers every 30 minutes or an hour.
So, when you’re sitting at your work desk, make sure you follow these postures:
Doctors around the world suggest that you should sit at least a foot-and-a-half from your monitor, so that you can keep your head and torso in check.
Position your computer screen in a way that you only have to move your eyes slightly to see the whole screen. This allows your head to be in line with torso so that you feel less fatigued at the end of the day.
Don’t sit on your tailbone. Instead, try sitting on your hamstrings by tilting your pelvis a bit forward. This helps you to relax your neck and shoulder muscles while sitting in the office.
While sitting before your computer screen, make sure that you keep your elbows at sides of the chair and forearms parallel to the floor. Position your keyboard in a way that you can reach it easily without actually moving your elbows.
Make sure that your feet are flat on the floor when you’re sitting on your work desk. If you sit cross-legged then it can cause you to get slouchy. If you’re unable to put your feet down on the floor, make sure you have a footrest or a box to support your legs.