Reducing Risks of Back Pain At Work
If you work in an office, the chances are that you are sitting at a desk all day and undoing all the good work that the chiropractor has put in. The sedentary nature of office work often puts pressure on the back, which can lead to back pain. By following a few simple tips, however, you can reduce the risk and keep your neck and back pain-free. In this post, we’ll discuss what you can do to reduce your risk of aches as well as what you can do if you do develop back pain.
Protecting Your Back
- Maintain good posture when you are sat at the desk, the best position to be in to protect your back is to have your feet firmly on the floor, your back pressed against the chair and your head in a neutral position. Try and remain conscious of your posture throughout the day, it’s not easy but with a little thought, you can give your back the support it needs.
- Move around more It is easier to focus on your posture if you get up and move around more. If you have a little walk around the office every 30 minutes or so, you not only give your back a rest from sitting but you can also force yourself into the right posture when you sit back down.
- Check monitor and keyboard placement A back pain chiropractor would tell you that the centre of your monitor needs to be in your eye-line, if it is any lower you will be tempted to bend your head down which could cause pressure on your neck. Your keyboard needs to be high enough that you do not have to slump your shoulders to type.
What to do if you are experiencing back pain
If you are experiencing back pain, you can take over the counter painkillers such as paracetamol or ibuprofen. Once the pain is reduced, try and get mobile again. Many doctors suggest that movement helps to relieve back pain quicker than rest because resting undermines the healing process. If you are concerned or have been in pain for a while you should always consult with a back pain chiropractic service such as Chiropractic First. We can help with a range of treatments for back and neck pain that can reduce your discomfort, as well as advice on any steps you should take to protect your back from further aches. With centres in Manchester, Leeds and Birmingham, we are very accessible and we offer a wide range of chiropractic services.