It is well known that a 9am to 5pm desk job isn’t great for your back. Sitting in front of a computer, hunched over can lead to short-term and long-term back pain. There’s always options for spinal decompression and other chiropractic therapies, but could standing desks also help combat this pain?
Well, the answer is complicated. Standing in the same position for many hours a day can strain your back and neck as well, especially if your desk isn’t set at the perfect height. The key to reducing back pain is offering a sit-stand work environment, where you are active, often shifting weight and taking many quick breaks. With sit-stand workstations, you have a desk that adapts its height to you. If you decide you would like to stand, you can. If you decide you need to sit, you can as well.
Here are a few tips to remember when deciding to purchase a standing or sit-stand desk:
Make Sure It is at the Right Height. If it isn’t, this can hurt your spine and cause back pain. At the right desk height, you should be able to comfortably rest your elbows at a 90 degree angle, and have your computer screen at or slightly below eye level.
Keep Moving. Standing in the same position all day can considerably strain your back. Making sure to shift your weight, taking small breaks by walking to a coworkers desk and back, and periodically sitting will help reduce back pain.
Be Mindful of Your Footwear. Wearing the perfect shoes are necessary when it comes to being on your feet all day. Make sure you come to work wearing shoes that are not only comfortable, but that you know support your foot arches and legs.
Still Having Back Pain?
You may need spinal decompression or other chiropractic treatments. At Natural Life, our chiropractors will ensure you get the care you need to help reduce your back and neck pain and determine its cause. Back pain can affect all aspects of your life, and we understand that. Call our Omaha office today to schedule a one on one consultation with one of our chiropractors to figure out the root cause of your pain.