#1-GET UP AND MOVE AROUND!
Set a timer for every half hour and stand up, move around, stretch, do some Egoscue Exercises, walk but MOVE YOUR BODY. The human body was not designed to sit all day. In fact our digestion, circulatory, muscular-skeletal, lymph, all need movement to function.
#2-PUT YOUR FEET ON THE FLOOR!
The position of our feet effects the position of our entire body like a chain reaction. Usually having your feet on the rungs of the chair or propped up is a sign that something if "off"ergonomically in the set of of your environment. If you can't get rest your feet comfortable on the ground call an ergonomic specialist to assist you immediately before back problems start!
There is suppose to be a slight healthy arch in the lumbar area of your spine creating a "S" shape for you spine not a "C".
Lumbar support in a good chair encourages this healthy spine position and lowers the wear and tear of sitting on your body. This helps to prevent injuries like herniated/bulging discs.
#4- SHOULDER POSITION!
When typing or mousing keep you elbows by your sides so you are NOT REACHING for your keyboard or mouse. This educates your shoulders to rest comfortably back in the proper positions allowing the muscles to be balanced and nerves to function properly. This helps to prevent injuries like nerve impingement and chronic neck/shoulder pain.
#5-DON'T BE A TURTLE!
For proper pain free alignment your head needs to be resting over your shoulders NOT OUT IN FRONT OF YOUR BODY! Go stand against a wall with your head-butt and heels touching the wall to get the feeling of where your head should be. Now sit down at your desk and check the distance of your shoulder to your monitor. Your monitor should be arms length away when sitting with your back touching your chair. Any further and your REACHING with your neck/head and this can cause chronic headaches, neck pain, and pinched nerves.
For ergonomic services including free chair demos and ergonomic assessment of your office in person call Ashley Greninger - Certified Ergonomic Assessment Specialist for a FREE CONSULTATION NOW!
Ashley Greninger cmt, ceas, nmrt, pas
Lotus Heart, Inc.