Dr. Smith knows that work-related back pain is a global epidemic. In fact, back pain continues to be the leading overall cause of physical dysfunction and lost productivity in the workplace (J Manipulative Physiol Ther 2005;28:128-34).
Sitting at your desk for long periods of time may impress the boss and temporarily increase your productivity level. But studies show the longer you sit, the higher your risk of developing back pain.
To achieve optimal seating posture, researchers suggest keeping your back and shoulders straight, with your bottom touching the back of the chair. Additional tips include the following:
- Distribute your body weight evenly on both hips.
- Keep knees even with, or slightly higher than, your hips (use a foot rest if necessary).
- When sitting in a chair that rolls and pivots, don’t twist at the waist while sitting. Instead, turn your whole body.
- Keep feet flat on the floor or on a foot stool.
- If possible, sit at a 135-degree reclined position.
- Step away from your desk every 20 minutes for a brief walk and stretch.
Don’t wait until work-related back pain strikes to schedule a chiropractic evaluation. Because, when it comes to back pain, prevention is key. Also, ask us about the on-the-job seminars and prevention programs we offer to community businesses.