Sitting up straight isn’t the only thing you need to think about for a healthy spine. As many of us spend the majority of our day behind a desk, it’s important to make sure your workspace is friendly to your back and body.
Here’s how you can improve the ergonomics of your office in just four easy steps.
1. The Chair: get a posture-friendly chair that has a comfortable cushion, an adjustable height lever, arm support and the ability to swivel or roll. If you sit for hours on end, try setting an alarm on your phone or computer to get up and move for a few minutes each hour.
2. The Screen: Elevate your screen to eye level. Most of us who work behind a desk have some sort of computer involvement, and it’s important to make sure your head and neck do not tilt too far downward while completing tasks on your screen. Consider purchasing a laptop stand or stacking books until your device is level to your eyes.
3. The Accessories: If you work on a laptop regularly, consider getting a real keyboard and mouse as your hands spend thousands of hours each year resting on them. A handheld mouse is more ergonomically designed than a built-in while offering improved functionality and feel.
4. The Desk: Consider a standing desk. If you’re not sitting, it’s hard to slouch. A standing desk can help your body benefit from staying upright and gives your lower half a break.
This can help lessen nerve pressure and the development of poor sitting posture. How else can you ensure a properly aligned spine? Give us a call to schedule an appointment.