It’s almost 2022 – sitting all day at an uncomfortable desk should be a thing of the past. Although there are a lot of things that you can’t control about your office setup, there are a lot of tactics you can use to prevent back and neck pain from work. Keep reading to see our top 5 tips for eliminating physical aches and pains from your work environment.
Lower your desk
Although raising your desk to match your line of vision may make sense in the moment, this action can lead to some serious back pain over time. Naturally, you will be tempted to rest your arms on the desk or have your wrists resting there when typing – this will add unneeded tension to your shoulders. Over time this tension can cause aches and pains that nobody wants to deal with. Lower your desk to where it is right above the top of your legs, we will talk about adjusting your screen within the next suggestion.
Raise your screen
With a lower desk, you will want to make sure that your line of vision is straight. Avoiding looking down and hunching your back will save you from some major aches and pains. We recommend adding a monitor that’s adjustable to your workspace furniture lineup. Not only does this help with your gaze, but they also add a modern touch to the design of the space.
Make your feet flat on the floor
This especially applies to our shorter friends but avoiding dangling your feet from your office chair can make a huge difference in how you feel during (and after) the workday. Making sure that your knees are not stretching over your feet will also help with this cause. This all goes back to one very important office chair adjustment – the office chair height. Whether you have to adjust the back, height, or seat, it’s important that you fully understand the chair you’re sitting in and know how to make the adjustments needed for maximum comfort.
Support your arms
The more you can relax your arms and shoulders the better. Resting your arms in unnatural or stressful positions can create back and neck pain that lingers. Adjusting the armrests on your office chair is a great first step to alleviating these potential pain points altogether. If your chair doesn’t have armrests, it’s recommended to rest your arms on your desk, which should be at a reasonably low height to accommodate this relaxed pose.
Even though there are many ways to make your chair and desk comfortable, the reality is that we need to move around during the day as much as we can. Getting up at least once every hour can help with feelings of sluggishness, pain, and can help to keep you healthy and refreshed in the workplace.
Knowing these tips and tricks for proper working desk ergonomics is important, but a real major takeaway should be to learn your office furniture pieces in and out. Knowing how to properly adjust your pieces can drastically improve your experience in the workplace. Not sure how to adjust your furniture pieces? Reach out to your office furniture dealer or do some research to find any educational materials that may be living online somewhere for your specific pieces.