Working as an acupuncturist downtown Vancouver has taught me a lot about people who work in an office environment. You people have a lot of chronic neck, shoulder, and back pain! It’s true. Humans are not built to be sitting at a desk 8 hours a day without moving around. So, no wonder you feel that your neck is stiff, shoulders are tight, and your back aches.
Poor posture or positioning in the workplace can lead to discomfort, pain, repetitive strain injuries and nerve compression.
Taking frequent breaks every 20 -30 minutes to stand up, move around and stretch can help prevent stiffness and adaptive shortening of muscles. If you are the kind of person that tends to get swept away in your work set your computer or phone to give you a notification to stretch every half hour.
The combination of proper ergonomics with regular Massage Therapy or Acupuncture can help manage and prevent workplace related pain and injury.
Here are some tips for proper workplace posture
1) Adjust your screen so that your head is neutral. You should not be looking up or looking down.
2) Your computer screen should be about an arms length away.
3) Keep shoulders relaxed.
4) Make sure your elbows are bent (about at right angles) and held close to your body, supported on arm rests if possible
5) Make sure your low back is supported to maintain its natural curve.
6) Hips and knees should be bent at right (90°) angles.
7) Feet should rest flat on the floor, if not a foot rest might be necessary. I use a book.
8) And finally, keep wrists straight!
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