The human body is an amazing thing; it’s built to move and be active. Many jobs make this incredibly difficult to do. We’re confined to desks and small spaces and are unable to embrace the activity that our body craves. Take a moment to evaluate how you sit at your desk. Good posture starts with awareness.
Here are a few tips to get you working in the right posture:
Use an Adjustable Chair
The chair should be adjustable to your workstation’s height and have armrests to keep your shoulders relaxed. A proper position will keep your forearms parallel to the floor and will allow you to type without slouching your shoulders.
Make Use of Lumbar Support
Lumbar support will help keep your spine in alignment. Some chairs have built in adjustable backs, but separate lumbar cushions are easy to find and make great additions to chairs without adjustable support.
Keep Your Feet on the Floor
In a properly adjusted seating position, your feet should be flat on the floor. If your desk is too tall to allow this, use a small stool or other footrest. It will help keep your low back relaxed and prevent strain on your hips. Ideally, the angle between your torso and your hips should be close to 90 degrees. This will put your spine in the right alignment and allow you to sit for extended periods of time without discomfort.
Use a Cushion
Consider a good cushion for the seat of your chair if the one it comes with feels too hard. A comfortable seat will keep you from slouching into poor posture.
Stand up and stretch periodically. Take a walk around the office, walk in place, or jump up and down. Anything that gets you up and moving will help minimize discomfort in the office.
Next time you’re at the desk, keep these tips in mind. Don’t hesitate to schedule an appointment with our chiropractors if you want a jumpstart in getting your posture back in line.