In today’s digital world, people spend more than 10 hours a day in front of a screen. We’re often switching between a TV, computer, smartphone or tablet in our personal time and professional lives.
Screen time can soar if you work at a computer during the day—and let’s face it, most of us do. Sitting at a desk all day can eventually lead to pain or discomfort in your neck or back. Here are some tips to help you relieve chronic pain if you work at a desk.
Here are some tips to help you relieve chronic pain if you work at a desk :
Moving is a key part of protecting your spine throughout the day. Go for a walk during a break and lunch–don’t be tempted to eat your lunch at your desk–get up and move!
Consider using a chair with a backrest that supports the curve of your lower (lumbar) back. Sit back in the chair and position your thighs horizontal to your knees at hip level. Rest your feet comfortably on the floor or on a footrest.
Adjust your keyboard to a height where your elbows are bent approximately 90 degrees and your shoulders do not slump.
Trying to stretch a bit more discreetly ? Some highly effective stretches don’t require standing or moving around your office space. Few simple movements can help alleviate your neck and back pain—all from the comfort of your own cubicle.