Sitting for huge stretches of time can begin to feel a bit of a drag. At 9am on Monday you might start with the best posture in the world. Your shoulders are back, you spine straight, your head level and your feet flat on the floor. You’re refreshed from the weekend and you’re feeling ready to work. |
It’s just after lunch Monday. You’re not sure what you were feeling so perky about this morning but that has well and truly gone out the window. I mean really, ready to work? You’ve barely had any time off, it feels like you’ve been here for weeks not hours. And what you know it? Your postures gone as well.
It’s a common story in the work place. No matter how good our intensions, our posture is often bought down as the week drags on. If could have something to do with the number of office workers who are dissatisfied in their role, but does that mean your back should suffer?!
Your employer should be providing ergonomic office chairs to all staff to give you the best chance of sitting well at work, but that doesn’t mean you can let that chair do all the work. You need to strengthen your spine by sitting well, and this will help your back, and you’ll feel less tired and achy come the end of the day.
Sound good? Well get yourselves sat down in you ergonomic office chairs and take heed.
Firstly, you need to get your ergonomic office chairs correctly adjusted. This doesn’t mean ‘near your desk’ or ‘as it came out of the box’. There’s no point having these chairs if you don’t use them properly. Your hips should be pushed right back in the seat, giving you maximum back support. Your feet should be flat on the floor, and your thighs should be parallel with the ground. If they’re not, you’re going to need to lower or raise the seat. The back of ergonomic office chairs should not be at a right angle, rather it should be adjusted to around 100, to a 110 degrees so when you’re sitting you are very slightly reclined (rather than slouching forward as you’re probably used to).
Other areas to consider is how your desk is set up. You shouldn’t have to stretch or lean to reach your keyboard, it should be placed close to you so that your arms are relaxed whilst you type.
Make sure you’re sitting up at all times, and keep those feet flat, and you should find your back pain begins to fade, and it begins to feel more comfortable and natural to sit in that way.
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