Sitting is not the unconscious activity we give it credit for
It is much more insidious, contributing to obesity and risk for cardiovascular disease while simultaneously destabilizing the back, leading to pain and degeneration in your spine. And then you end up at the chiropractor's office wondering where it all went wrong. Well, if you must sit all day, we must be proactive about it:
Ensure that your desk is not working against you
Here is an easy to follow ergonomics checklist.
- Top of your monitor at eye level. This encourages your head to stay straight; think about how you look down when the monitor is below eye level- this encourages your head to lean forward and down, and magnifies the weight of the head to the spine.
- Butt touching the back of the chair. This goes a long way toward keeping your back straight and upright. Use a pillow or rolled up sweater to provide support for the lower back.
- Hips at 90 degrees or slightly higher, with feet flat on the floor (or a footrest)
- Keyboard in line with elbow joint to prevent pains in the arms.
At Hayes Family Chiropractic, we believe in stacking the odds in your favor. By checking yourself against this list, you are making it a lot easier for your body to remain in a posture that is at least not actively damaging your spine. From here, it is about being attentive and proactive to moving as much as possible, whether it be at your desk or getting up and walking around.
At our office in Dunedin, we can show you the importance of posture and help think up creative solutions for your workplace. Posture is one of the best ways you can be preventative with your healthcare; let us help you redefine your attitude and reset your workplace by calling our office and scheduling an appointment today.
By checking yourself against this list, you are making it a lot easier for your body to remain in a posture that is at least not actively damaging your spine.