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Sit, Stand, Stretch – Tips for a Comfortable Workday

Nearly everyone spends a significant amount of time in front of a computer screen today. Whether you work in an office setting or just use your computer to catch up on emails and see what’s new in the world, it’s important to consider how screen time affects your health.

There are a few tips we commonly recommend to our patients:

Place your hips on the back of your chair. This position ensures that your lumbar spine isn’t flexed, which can place strain on the discs. If you prefer to sit at the front of the chair, be sure that you’re as upright as possible and aren’t leaning against the back rest.

Raise your screen. The top of your computer screen should be straight ahead, in line with your eyes so that you don’t have to move your head and look down. If you lean forward to read on your screen, you’ll start to develop a forward head posture.

Relax your arms. While upright in your chair, your elbows should be at about a 90-degree angle. If you type often, a wrist support may help you.

Stand if you can. Desks that can be raised and lowered allow you to alternate sitting and standing. Though sitting all day is suboptimal, it can place a strain on your body to stand constantly, too. A mix of both is the best way to go.

Take a break. Set a timer to get up and take a lap around your office every 20-30 minutes. Every hour, get up and perform some stretches and take a few deep breaths before returning to your work.

If you’d like further information, contact us today!

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