Why Your Ergonomic Office Chair Isn’t Working
Before we take any further steps; it might not be your ergonomic office chair that’s not working – you may be using it improperly, or ignoring other factors that do not help curb back pain!
Although it’s “just a desk job,” working in an office can wreak absolute havoc on our bodies. If you’re somebody who spends all day at a desk and computer, you know exactly what I’m talking about.
Whether it’s lower back pain, wrist pain, a really tight neck, or a lack of mobility, when we spend all day at a desk to pay the bills, our bodies often get stuck picking up the tab.
What can we do to counteract this office life we have to live?
Most of our working days are spent sitting at a desk for 10+ hours a day, connecting with readers, writing articles, and watching cat videos on YouTube. If you work a desk job, you probably spend more time at your desk than you do at anything else in your life. Yet, that time is often spent sitting in a chair that’s too low, with a desk that’s too high, and our necks bent down looking at a screen at an angle.
That can result in all sorts of nasty stuff, like eyestrain, shoulder pain, back pain, arm pain, wrist pain, and neck pain.
Desk jobs might not seem physically taxing, but they can certainly cause us some physical problems. If you’re going to level up your office life, it’s time to do a desk audit.
So let’s start with setting your desk chair at the proper height so you can type without scrunching your shoulders up. 90% of desk/chair combos, in offices or in coffee shops have this ratio wrong.
You want to sit in a chair at a height where you can sit with your shoulders relaxed and pulled back, you’re sitting up tall, and your forearms are parallel to the ground or lower, meaning you don’t need to reach up to your keyboard, nor shrug your shoulders.
To tell whether a desk height is wrong: your shoulders shrug up, you get tense, and your neck bothers you for the next few days.
So, set your desk at the right height for you!
- Pick a Great Chair
You probably spend more than a third of your existence at a desk chair, so do what you can to make sure you’re setting in a chair that is not destroying your spine!You don’t need to spend a fortune on a great chair (unless you want to) – you simply need a chair that has an adjustable height so you can set it so your feet are comfortably on the floor, a solid cushion to sit on, and good lower back support.
If your company supplied you with a less-than-great office chair, ask for the money to buy a good one (“it’ll improve my productivity!”), and head to an office supply store and try out a bunch of chairs. If they won’t pay for it, consider making the upgrade yourself.
- Set Your Monitor And Desktop Properly
If you work with a laptop, you are spending most of your day hunched over a tiny keyboard and trackpad. Even if you work with a desktop computer, it’s certainly possible the monitor is not high enough for you to be able to not have to tilt your head down to look at it.
You want the height of your monitor to be such that you can look straight ahead and not have to adjust your neck angle to view the screen.
The most important thing – don’t stay in the same position for hours upon hours! Studies suggest the best plan for prolonged spinal health is to consistently alter your work environment – move around, stand when possible, sit…just don’t sit in the same position for 8 straight hours!
Set a timer every twenty minutes, and get up and do something! Take a lap around the office, do some shoulder rolls, neck rolls, or twists.
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h/t to nerdfitness.com for this info!