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Tips To Help Prevent Back Pain From Sitting At A Desk

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Sitting at a desk job may sound cushy to some, but it can be hard on your back and neck. Sitting in the same position all day long can have severe effects on the body, just like any other type of job. Sitting at a desk may have you hunched over the desk, especially if you are not sitting properly. At the end of the day, your upper back, lower back, neck, and shoulders are probably sore, in addition to other parts of your body, such as your hips, buttocks, and possibly even your feet or knees. Sitting can be hard on the body, which is how chiropractic care can help you. Sitting in the proper position while at work can also help prevent pain as well. Read on for some tips to help prevent back pain and other pain if you sit at a desk job.

Sit With Both Feet On the Floor

You may prefer to sit cross-legged, but this may cause you further back pain, or hip and knee pain as well. Your feet should be flat on the floor with your buttocks all the way to the back of the chair. If your feet do not sit on the floor, you may want to consider a footrest or a chair that better suits you.

Keep Your Arms Down

Keep your arms down at your sides, not on the desk, as this will cause you to hunch forward. Your elbows should be at your sides, which means your keyboard will need to be pulled towards you some so you can reach it. If you are reaching across your desk to reach your keyboard, you are going to hunch forward and you will end up with back and neck pain.

Get Up Often

You should be getting up as often as possible to take a break and to stretch. Sit at your desk to stretch if you are unable to walk away. To do this, sit in your chair and fold your body forward towards your thighs. Stand up and stretch to the sky and stretch your back both forward and backward. Stretch your arms across the front of your chest, starting with one arm, then the other. Neck rolls can also help reduce pain in your neck.

If you sit at a desk job, you are more than likely going to carry a lot of your stress in your back, shoulders, and neck. Prevent pain by using the tips above, and go to the chiropractor for routine alignments to ease your pain as well.

For more information, contact a local chiropractor.