Posture is important in any field of work, but today we’re talking specifically about posture for those of us who work at desks, aka workstations. Poor posture is a key contributor to a lot of musculoskeletal injuries. If you’re in pain due to your posture, you may struggle to maintain productivity at work and it may affect your home life too.
We often treat a range of neck and back pain, headaches and repetitive strain injuries that can be attributed to poor posture.
When working at a desk, we often put our bodies in what seems like a comfortable position, but in reality it may be doing more harm than good. Something needs to change!
Change can be uncomfortable and that is because your body is not used to being in a certain position. But positive, long term changes to your posture will have a positive impact on your health, well being and productivity at work.
Whether you are sitting or standing at your desk, your weight should be evenly distributed in order to decrease the impact on the body.
To help you improve your workstation posture and reduce the likelihood of posture-related injuries, here’s a few tips.
Tips to Improve your Workstation Posture
- Ensure your computer sits at eye level. This will help you sit in a comfortable position, so your head is not unnaturally tilted up or down to look at your screen for extended periods of time.
- Keep your feet flat on the floor, rather than crossing your legs or sitting on your feet. This will help keep your spine aligned.
- Remember that it’s natural to begin to slouch as the day continues while you sit at your desk. Give yourself the chance to get up and move regularly, and remember to check your posture throughout your work day.
- You may also want to do some regular neck exercises and stretches to give your body the chance to move and prevent stiffness. Tilt your head from side to side and practice chin tucks to help prevent chicken neck posture.
If you’d like some more tips on simple adjustments you can do to your desk, find them here.
Workplace Assessments can Help Get Your Posture on Track
Want the personal help and advice of a professional? As most of us spend a good 8 hours a day at our desks, it’s important they’re set up right to keep your body healthy!
A workplace assessment involves looking at your workspace and the role that you are in, in order to prevent injury from either occurring or from recurring. We’ll look at optimising your workspace and improving the ergonomics.
Everyone’s desk is going to have a different setup and is going to present its own issues, which is where the personalised help of an osteopath can come in handy.
We may make some suggestions on ways to improve your setup and minimise any possible risk in your workspace. This may involve some simple changes or the need for some ergonomic equipment.
Are you getting the most out of your body at work? Make today the day you get proactive and book a workplace assessment! Call us or book online – we can’t wait to help you with your posture!