Welcome to Part 2 of this month's three part series on Ergonomics. This week we are discussing proper Ergonomics in the Workplace. A lot of us spend the majority of our day at work...either hunched over a computer, sitting for long periods of time, or standing for long periods of time, you name it. The goal of this series in ergonomics is to break a lot of these bad habits in our posture that are ultimately causing a lot of stress on the spine and may lead to health problems down the line.
Proper ergonomics in the workplace --> Most of us spend a lot of time at work. Someone needs to bring in the moolah right? I am going to list a few simple rules that will help tremedously with preventing neck strain and low back pain.
(1) Make sure you have a chair that is comfortable and adjustable. You should be able to sit back in your chair, feet still touch the ground, and knees be at 90 degrees. If you can do this comfortably then this is the chair for you! In addition, make sure the chair has good back support.
(2) Your desk should be at elbow height. You should be able to place your forearms on the desk and keep elbows at 90 degrees comfortably.
(3) Your computer desk monitor should be at eye level, not below.
(4) Lastly, make sure that you take 5 minute breaks every hour to walk around, drink water, and stretch! This is the golden rule and a must. Sitting all day at a desk breeds all kinds of spinal and health problems down the line.
For further instructions on stretches that can be practiced while at work to reduce neck strain, low back strain, and carpal tunnel like symptoms, feel free to contact me, message me, or comment below. Always remember, everyday actions are cummulative. Small changes in your day to day routine which may seem insignificant today will prove incredibly beneficial down the road. Every day matters! Have a great week everyone!
Dr. Melissa Cruz
Innate Living Chiropractic
3151 SW 27th Ave Coconut Grove, FL 33133