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5 Tips for Achieving Ergonomically Friendly Posture

office workersDo you find yourself slumped in your office chair, hunched over your keyboard? You’re not alone. It’s easy to adopt less-than-optimal posture at work, particularly if you’re tired. At Cornerstone Family Chiropractic, we specialize not only in getting patients out of pain but keeping them out of pain. Correct posture is a big part of that.

Here are our 5 tips for achieving ergonomically friendly posture while working at a computer:

  1. Keep your monitor at eye level. You should have your eyes in line with the area of the screen you focus on the most. Looking down at your screen puts excessive strain on your neck. The result is you are vulnerable to injuries such as cervical disc herniation, headaches, and cervical strains.
  2. Keep your legs on the floor at 90 degrees. When you cross your legs, or just your toes are touching the floor, unnecessary stress is being placed on large supportive muscles and impeding proper blood flow. That’s when you may experience a pins and needles sensation. Habits such as keeping your legs crossed throughout the day also can lead to chronic pain.
  3. Take frequent breaks. Step away from your workstation to chat with a co-worker down the hall or take a short walk. By incorporating movement into your workday, you’ll increase circulation and have fewer aches and pains.
  4. Consider using a sit-stand workstation. Perhaps you’ve heard that sitting is the new smoking as being sedentary is bad for your health. By getting an adjustable standing desk, you can stand and sit throughout the workday.
  5. Don’t slouch! Your grandmother was right—slouching produces stress and tension in various muscles.

Chiropractic care also can help you maintain better posture so you can feel your best and have more energy during your workday. Schedule an appointment today!

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