Hundreds upon thousands of people suffer from regular pain associated with the head, the neck or the back on a daily basis – and while there may be a number of reasons for such aggravation that may vary from person to person, a major cause of this type of pain can be sourced back to the way that they are sitting. Believe it or not, while sitting may well be the easiest thing any of us do today, the way in which we do so can have a huge impact on how we feel later on in the day, the week, and even in longer term. It’s all down to posture.
Poor posture affects many people, however, those with neck pain, back pain or headaches are most likely to have earned them by sitting at a desk or at a computer in a position that their body is not used to being put into – and, over time, slouching can strain the body to the point where pain can be a regular occurrence. However, this does not mean that such pain or habits can be eradicated altogether, as there are a number of great ways to get you thinking more about your posture and how you can mould your body back into a safe and healthy seated position, ready for work and leisure.
While working at a computer or desk, you should ideally be making sure that your chair supports your muscles rather than your back doing all of the hard work is essential – there are a number of supports and chairs which actively help back pain and strains, however, providing you sit as far back in your chair as you can while still being able to perform your work, you’ll reduce the risk of pain and strain dramatically. Further to this, make sure that your feet are firmly on the floor – this way, you’re not dangling and making sure that your body is firmly and securely rooted as much as possible. Adjusting all of the above could make a serious difference to any neck, head or back pain you have been experiencing – and ahead of consulting any chiropractic care.
It’s important to ensure that the equipment or furniture that’s in use is also supporting you as best as it possibly can to provide a healthy posture. Make sure, if you’re using a computer, that your monitor is an absolute maximum of 60cm away from your eyes (with a minimum suggestion of around 40cm), and that your eyes are in line with the top of your monitor’s screen. This will make a huge difference in particular to neck pain and eye strain. In addition to this, make sure that any desk you are using is at a height that allows you to bend and move your arms comfortably, and that you are relaxed in using the keyboard at all times. This way, you can prevent back pain by slouching less.
No matter where you work or how you may sit, it is always essential to break regularly. Moving and stimulating your joints and muscles at least briefly every 30 minutes will be far healthier than keeping perfectly posed for hours at a time – why not take a brief walk if you can, or get up and do some simple stretches? Your body will thank you, and not just in the short term! However, if you do notice head, neck or back pain regularly, you may benefit from close chiropractic care.
If you’re suffering from back pain, neck pain or headaches and feel that it may be the result of posture problems or the way in which you conduct yourself or your work, Didcot Chiropractic Clinic will be happy to hear from you. To organise a consultation at your convenience, simply contact us on 01235 510097 and we will book you in for a visit as soon as we can.