Did you choose to have an office job because you didn’t want to do physical work that would lead to backaches, only to notice you are getting lower or upper back pain anyhow? Believe it or not, this is not as uncommon as you might think. There are a number of ways your job could be causing you lower or upper back pain, but the good news is that there are steps you can take to avoid this.
- Ergonomic Chair – Be sure to use an ergonomic office chair, even if you have to purchase it yourself. One size does not fit all, so don’t order one from an online source, as you need to test drive your chair to make sure it works for you. The seat should be wide enough to leave at least one inch on each side of you when you are seated. It also should not be too long for your legs, so you can sit back in the chair properly. The chair should have lumbar support and be adjustable, so that you can sit at the right height relative to your desk and computer monitor. Having proper posture when sitting at your desk will cut down on the chances for lower and upper back pain, so take care to sit properly. A good chair makes this easier, but you will still need to remember to keep your back straight, your feet flat on the ground, your shoulders squared, and your chin parallel with the floor.
- Move Around – If at all possible, do not sit for extended periods of time. You should take a break every so often and take a walk. If your employment doesn’t allow you to leave your desk, at least stand and do some stretching in place for a minute or two each hour.
- Chiropractic Care – Seeing your chiropractor regularly is not just for resolving lower or upper back pain once it happens, but also for preventing it in the first place by keeping your body in alignment. Your chiropractor can also advise you about posture-improving exercises and other ways to keep in optimal health.
At Optimum Wellness in Barrie, Ontario, we can help you if you want to avoid lower or upper back pain or if you need relief from it now. Give us a call for an appointment, and one day soon, calling your job a “pain” can be a figure of speech instead of reality!