Meg here! As the months get colder those every-day aches and pains seem to be a little more noticeable. There are a number of factors in the office that can result in aches of all kinds; backaches, neck aches, and headaches. Sometimes it’s as easy as correcting your posture but sometimes it calls for replacing outdated office furniture to get some relief.
First things first, be sure that your desk and posture match up. Here are a few quick changes that will make a big difference:
- Your monitor level should be across from your eyes or 5-7 degrees lower. You shouldn’t need to strain up or down to see your screen
- When sitting straight in a chair, your neck and shoulders should be relaxed
- Instead of using a traditional desk phone, use a Bluetooth headset to reduce strain on your neck or arm
- Keep your wrists in a neutral position
- For more great tips on how to keep your posture in ship shape, take a look at this article from Forbes
Start with those quick changes and see if you notice a difference in any aches and pains that you may be experiencing. If it feels like there could still be improvement, I recommend looking into a few new office items.
- One the best parts of my desk is the adjustable computer stand. Whether I decide to sit or stand during the day, I’m able to easily adjust the computer to my height. No matter how you work, I recommend this to everyone!
- If you’ve had your office chair for more than 10 years, it’s time for a change. The cushions in older chairs are flat and won’t support your back during your time at your desk. I absolutely love my Executive High-Back Chair. Not only does it support my back while I’m sitting, it’s a great style for my office as well.
With 8 hours a day spent in your office, it’s important to make sure that you’re taking good care of yourself. Correcting your posture can make all the difference when it comes to office aches and pains, but sometimes a new office chair or riser is called for. Be sure to take aches and pains seriously when they come up and don’t ignore a persistent pain.
Until next time,