It’s no newsflash that sitting for eight hours a day at sedentary jobs can cause significant pain. And not all of us have a dedicated ergonomics professional to assess our work area. Achy neck? Throbbing wrist? Huffington Post has gathered simple steps to help alleviate the most common pains experienced from sitting. Sore hips and low back? Here’s why – and how – to change it:
Adjust your seat to maintain the normal curve in the lower spine. Tilt the seat of the chair to angle slightly down. You should be able to fit one or two fingers between your knees and the edge of the seat to alleviate pressure on the legs. Also consider using an alternative desk chair that incorporates movement or supportive cushions behind the lower back.
Oftentimes, immobility is the culprit. “We were built to move,” says Steven Conway, Ph.D., a chiropractor and attorney in Athens, Wisconsin, and a spokesperson for the American Chiropractic Association. “The non-moving is the hardest thing on us.” From your head to your toes, read on to learn the most common sitting pain culprits.
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