We’ve all discussed it around the water cooler — that pain in the neck that drives everyone in the office crazy. But that pain in the neck is not the office gossip, it’s the office ergonomics.
The Alberta College and Association of Chiropractors offers the following tips to aid in the prevention of office-related injuries:
- Position your chair at a height so your feet are flat on the floor with your knees bent at a 90-degree angle. If your chair is not adjustable, use a footrest such as a phone book. Improper positioning of the lower body can lead to lower back strain.
- Don’t remain in one position for long periods. Stand up or walk every 20 minutes.
- Position your computer monitor at eye level by using a phone book or stand to reduce neck strain.
- Use the hands-free option on your telephone or a headset rather than holding the phone to your ear with your shoulder as this practice can lead to neck and shoulder strain.
- Listen to your body. When you feel tension or stress in certain areas of your body like the neck, back and shoulders, change positions or try some gentle stretching exercises.
Chiropractic is ideally suited to helping you deal with the many pains and strains that can result from everyday overuse and strain. To find a chiropractor near you, visit www.albertachiro.com.