Workplace Ergonomics - Key to Good Health, More Energy, and Less Pain
Poor workplace ergonomics can lead to pain, injury, and low productivity.
Since more people are working from home and don’t have the best set-up for ideal ergonomics, more people are experiencing these symptoms.
Thankfully, there are steps you can take (whether you’re working from home or an office) that will help reduce the risk of pain and injury – and your McKinney chiropractor can help.
4 Steps to Improved Workplace Ergonomics
Your McKinney chiropractor can help reduce pain from spinal misalignment and injury. They can also provide you with various lifestyle recommendations, including those that will help you improve your workplace ergonomics.
1. Try to Maintain Neutral Posture
Proper posture is also referred to as neutral posture. Whenever you’re sitting or standing, you want to have proper alignment throughout your body to reduce muscle tension and joint strain.
Avoid slouching while standing or sitting. When sitting at your desk, raise your computer screen, so you’re able to look at it straight on instead of looking down at it.
Additionally, make sure to keep your knees and elbows bent at a 90-degree angle while working at your desk. If necessary, get a footrest to achieve neutral posture while sitting.
2. Get a Designated Office Chair
Sitting on a dining room chair or the couch will result in poor posture and discomfort. Invest in an actual office chair, one that’s adjustable to your height needs and has enough cushion to make long work sessions more comfortable.
3. Take Regular Breaks
Spending long periods sitting or looking down at an electronic device can lead to back and neck pain. Take a break every hour (if possible) to stand up, walk around, and stretch.
4. Exercise Often
If possible, exercise three to five days a week, utilizing a mix of cardio, resistance training, and flexibility exercises. The more you move your body, the better you’ll feel. You’ll have less pain and more energy, both of which will increase productivity.
Chiropractic Care for Better Function and Less Pain
In addition to providing you with ergonomic recommendations, Dr. Tyler Rottinghaus can help reduce the pain you’re currently experiencing. When your body is in proper alignment, it will be easier to implement better workplace ergonomics practices. Feeling better physically will also help you to be more productive and enjoy your workday.
Does your posture at work leave you with chronic back pain and headaches? We can help! Contact us at 972-369-1471 to schedule a consultation.