5 Tips For Sitting Correctly at Your Desk Without Back Pain
We’re officially well on our way into summer! That means a couple of things; the weather has already gotten warmer here in the CSRA, the kids are out of school, and it’s time for “National Correct Your Posture Month” in May.
That may sound like another silly national observance (like “National Spaghetti Day” or “National High Five Day”), but if you spend most of your time working at a desk, you already know how severe the lower back pain can become without proper sitting posture.
In some cases, sitting at your desk for too long can be more likely to trigger lower back pain that standing on your feet all day. To help, here are five Grovetown Chiropractic-approved tips for sitting at your desk correctly without pain.
Benefits of Proper Sitting Posture
There’s more to adjusting your posture than avoid lower back pain – even if that is your primary concern.
With the proper sitting posture you:
Help keep your bones and joints properly aligned to avoid muscle pain.
Reduce stress on your spinal ligaments.
Prevent muscle fatigue.
Help reduce the likelihood of injuries including strain and sprains while in motion.
Ultimately, the proper sitting posture at a desk helps to promote both and health back and spine, and ensures you’re less likely to injure joints while working out or being active after long periods of sitting.
Tips on Best Posture For Sitting at a Desk All Day
Here are five of our favorite tips for the proper sitting posture at your desk!
Don’t Overcorrect of Overarch Your Lower Back. Your pelvis should stay neutral to the back of the chair as often as possible. You may think overarching creates a healthier posture, but it puts unnatural pressure on the spine and pelvis, leading to lower back pain.
Keep Both Feet Flat on The Ground At All Times. This means not sitting on your legs and avoiding leaning to one side or another for prolonged periods of time. You may need to get a small stool for your feet to create the best possible sitting position.
Make Sure Your Neck Isn’t Leaning Forward Towards the Computer Screen. This may happen unconsciously, but your eyes should always be in direct alignment with your computer monitor. If necessary, consider putting a block under your computer screen to keep it elevated to your natural eye level. Avoid stacking monitors on top of each other as often as possible.
Keep All Items On Your Desk Within Arms Reach. If you need to reach for things like files or a pen, make sure those things are all naturally within arms reach instead of spread out over your desk. This will help ensure once you’ve found the proper sitting posture at your desk that you aren’t accidentally moving out of it to grab something.
Take a Break! This may sound obvious, but one of the best things you can do to avoid lower back pain is to get up and stretch at least once every hour. If you can’t set an alarm on your phone or watch as a reminder, consider committing to taking a small break on the hour or at half-past so you don’t forget.
Benefits of Chiropractic Care For Lower Back Pain
If you find sitting at a desk all day uncomfortable within the first hour or two of your workday, a chiropractic adjustment can help realign the spine to its natural position to alleviate pressure.
Combined with the occasional adjustment, these simple tips for proper sitting posture can help ensure you aren’t at risk for further injuries during normal activities!
At Grovetown Chiropractic, every approach to treatment is customized to your body and condition to maximize pain relief in the most natural and effective way. Book your appointment today by calling 706-400-4333 or schedule directly from our website by visiting the home page.