Studies have shown on average we are sitting at least 56 hours a week. Even if you have an active lifestyle outside of work, you can still be susceptible to pains and strains from prolonged periods of sitting.
Having a proper ergonomic workstation is key to preventing aches and pains. Common pains that happen due to improper ergonomics include: back, shoulder, and neck pain, headaches, eye fatigue and strain, spinal curvature, poor circulation, contact stress, swelling and numbness of the legs and tingling of the arms, hands and fingers.
While it isn’t always easy to avoid improper ergonomic behavior, there are ways to help ease the pains. Here are some solutions to the most common pains you may have caused by your work environment:
- Properly align all desk components to follow correct ergonomic guidelines to maximize comfort and productivity.
- Move throughout the day:
- Take breaks to do some simple office stretches at or around your desk.
- Take the stairs up to your floor when you can.
- Use a Stand Up Desk at work.
- Daily exercise outside of the office can help with tension and pain. There are many benefits of practicing yoga for back pain.
- Reduce stress and painful aches with a Kneading Back Massage Cushion or self-massage with foam roller exercises.