How Can You Improve Your Posture If You Work at a Desk All Day?
There’s ample evidence to support the conclusion that one of the most prevalent causes of back pain, discomfort and trauma in the United States is not injury, but poor posture. Maybe you work at a computer screen most of the day, slouched in an office chair. Maybe you engage in a number of other activities that have you stooped over on a regular basis—working in a garden, sitting in a chair playing a guitar.
Chiropractors and other health care professionals agree—spending many hours bent over can actually lead to anatomical changes in your spine. Those changes can restrict blood flow and lead to muscle, disc and joint pain.
Some of the telltale signs that your back problems are the result of poor posture include:
- Pain that is worse at certain times of the day
- Pain that goes away when you switch positions (from standing to sitting or vice versa
- Pain that starts in your neck and radiates down your back
- Pain that starts when you get a new chair, desk or motor vehicle
One of the easiest ways to improve your posture at work is to check where your hands make contact with your desk. Your arms should extend at a 90 degree angle from your body, resting comfortably on the desk top when you have your fingers on the keys. If you desktop is too low (or your chair is too high), you may need to bend over to use the keyboard. That’s a recipe for lower back problems.
Another common cause of posture problems when you work at a desk—having your monitor too low. If you are looking down at your monitor all day, you’ll put a lot of stress on your neck and your lower back.
Experiencing Back Pain?—Let Peralta Chiropractic Help
At Peralta Chiropractic, with offices in Dallas, we use chiropractic care and treatment to improve the health and well-being of patients across the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex, including people hurt in motor vehicle accidents. Call us at 214-942-3700 or at 817-923-1254 to set up an appointment.