Edmond Chiropractor: Improved Workspace = Improved You!
It’s officially “back-to-school” time and that means more time sitting at a desk for many students. In the previous post our Edmond chiropractor talked about how poor posture can have some negative side effects. Today, we’re following that up with ways that you can improve your workspace whether that be at home, in the library, or wherever you find yourself studying or sitting for long periods of time.
Remember, posture is important for a healthy spine and a healthy body overall so here are some tips from our Edmond chiropractor:
1.) Choose The Right Chair: Choosing the right chair to maintain proper posture will allow you to sit without pain. A lot of the chairs are adjustable to accommodate the height difference for many types of people. Of course, sitting up straight with your spine to the back of the chair is important, but also think about how sitting too low or too high can impact your arms and wrist. If your wrists are bent awkwardly for too long it can increase risks of carpal tunnel. Furthermore, elbows should sit comfortably along the sides of your body and your shoulders should be relaxed.
2.) Adjust The Computer Screen: If you’re working at a computer station, most of the time you’ll have the ability to raise or lower the screen to meet your eye level. This is the optimal viewing level to avoid tilting your head and neck too far downward while completing tasks. If you have a laptop computer, try elevating the screen by placing a stack on books under it or consider purchasing a laptop stand.
3.) Take Short Breaks Often: Allow yourself the space and time to be able to get up and stretch in between cram sessions or projects. As time ticks by it’s possible to forget about your posture and inadvertently start slouching. Getting up occasionally will prevent you from becoming too stiff or from sitting in an incorrect position for too long. Try walking around for just a minute (even if it’s just a bathroom break or a drink break), shaking and stretching your limbs, squeezing your shoulder blades back and forth to loosen up, and taking deep breaths.
Of course, our Edmond chiropractor hopes that these 3 tips will help you improve your workspace and improve your spinal health!
As always, our Edmond chiropractor is also available to help you maintain proper posture through regular spinal adjustments. If you’d like to make an appointment with our Edmond chiropractor, please give us a call at 405-285-7325.