Sunday, February 27, 2011

Correct Office Posture

Do you ever find yourself in one of the following positions at the office?

If you have answered yes, even if you haven't answered at all, the following post is for you!
If your plagued by headaches, back or neck pain or a sore wrist at the end of a work day, you posture may be to blame.
Here are a few tips and how to's to make every day at the office a NON SLOUCHY day.

- It's important to get up and move around every 45 minutes to relieve the pressure build-up on the body from prolonged sitting.
- Your office workstation should avoid static and awkward postures and it SHOULD help support the S-curve of the spine in an upright position.
- Your chair must have suitable Lumbar support to prevent lower back pain.
- The height of your chair is very important, your shoulder girdle should remain relaxed, while the wrist and forearm should be just above the keyboard.
- Your thighs should be supported at the right length, too long or too short will cause pressure on the blood vessels of the leg and could result in deep vein thrombosis.
- Adjust your computer monitor height so that  you're looking straight at the screen, not downwards or upwards.
- The keyboard should be flat to avoid your wrists being at an acute angle while typing.
- There should be enough room underneath your desk for your legs to extend out and change posture.
- Hanging legs puts strain on the lower back, so don't set your chair too low, use a footrest instead.

If you follow these easy steps, it will prevent you from having to wear cheap ridiculous chinese imitations like these:

Till next time,

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