I worked a desk job like many other people, and sitting eight hours was the norm. Sure, I could get up and take my breaks and lunch, but that still added up to a lot of sitting time. It seemed like my back hurt from the minute I sat down until I finally clocked out for the day.
If I knew all the tips and tricks that I know now, I could have saved myself a lot of pain. Here are three tips to prevent an aching back in your workplace:
According to the Cleveland Clinic, poor posture raises the risk of sprains and strains, and can cause unnatural wear on the joints.
More employers are stepping up and making sure that you have the right equipment to do the job and do it comfortably. Ergonomic chairs are high enough to support your whole back and can also help prevent a stiff neck. Best of all, you’ll be sitting in a chair that has extra depth, so your hips won’t be aching at the end of the day.
I use a lumbar cushion to support my lower back and it makes a world of difference in my pain level. Your chair may have lumbar support built into the back of the chair, but that doesn’t give you adequate support. A lumbar cushion or roll allows you to sit deeply into the chair which supports better alignment of your spine.
Once you start using a footrest, you’ll wonder how you ever got by without it. If your feet are not properly supported, you can develop circulation problems and strain your lower back muscles. Purchase an ergonomic footrest that is adjustable and supports your entire foot. You’ll be able to sit all the way back in your chair and still be comfortable at the end of the day.