Sitting in an office chair all day puts pressure on your spine that causes pain and inflammation, particularly in the lower back. The body is actually not designed for sitting in a chair at all; the spinal posture is best when sitting cross legged on the floor. Unfortunately, sitting on the floor at your desk is not practical, but there are some ways you can reduce stress on your spine in the office.
- Invest in an ergonomic office chair: A comfortable chair with adequate cushioning and back support is ideal for the office. Select a chair with adjustable height and armrests so you can fine tune it to cradle your posture. Take the time to shop around for a chair that is comfortable to you, as you will be sitting in it for several hours a day. It is also beneficial to organize your desk so that items are within easy reach.
- Take stretch breaks: Step away from your workspace for a few moments throughout the day to do some simple stretches. This will engage your muscles and prevent stiffness in the back. You will have the added benefit of reducing strain on your eyes while you are away from your computer.
- Eat a healthy lunch and supply your desk with nutritious snacks: A balanced diet can significantly improve the health of your spine. Avoid late afternoon junk food cravings by eating lunch every day and fueling up with healthy snacks such as fresh fruits, whole grain crackers, and nuts.
- Stay hydrated: Working in an office where you do not move around much during the day can make it easy to forget to drink enough water. Bring a large water bottle from home and leave yourself a note reminding you to fill it up throughout your workday.
If back pain is interrupting your work routine, then contact the specialists of SpineOne at (303) 367-2225. We provide a multi-disciplinary approach to minimally invasive spine care.