How to Keep Your Workspace from Becoming a Pain in the Neck

Avoid chiropractic care by sitting correctly.

Sitting correctly can help you avoid chiropractic care.

If you’re like most people, you don’t give much thought to the ergonomics of your workspace. If you stop to think about it, though, you’ll realize why you should. You probably spend a large portion of each weekday sitting at your desk, staring at a computer screen. How you organize your workspace and how you interact within it have direct implications on your spinal alignment. Any Eastchester chiropractic practitioner will agree: if you suffer from chronic or occasional back or neck pain, your workspace could be the root cause.

Organize your workspace properly to avoid spinal decompression.

Spinal decompression may be needed if your workspace isn’t well organized.

Posture Matters

If you slump, slouch and strain to see your computer screen, you’re not exhibiting proper posture. If your head and spine aren’t in alignment, the neck muscles become strained, which causes pain. One common mistake people make is settling into a forward head-shoulder stance. In this position, the neck juts forward straining to see their computer screen, the head angles out beyond the shoulders and the upper back becomes rounded. Sitting this way for an extended period of time stresses the neck, shoulders and upper back and may lead to degenerative disc disease, osteoarthritis or a herniated disc.

A Better Approach

The key to healthy workplace ergonomics is alignment. Ideally, your computer screen should be positioned so you are looking at the top third of the screen when facing forward. A monitor that is too high or too low is a big contributor to neck strain. When keyboarding, position your forearms parallel to the ground, pull elbows into the sides, place feet flat on the floor and keep thighs parallel to the floor. Place your buttocks toward the back of your chair and cushion your lower back with a small pillow if needed. Purchase a vertical paper holder so you won’t have to bend to see documents. When talking on the phone, never place the receiver between your head and shoulders. Hold it in your hands or use a headset or speaker phone.

Prevent neck pain with the help of your

Your chiropractor can help you prevent neck pain.

Get Up and Move

Even if your workstation is ergonomically friendly, take short, frequent breaks throughout the day. Simply standing up, stretching and walking across the room loosens your muscles and refreshes your mind.

Now that you know the importance of workplace ergonomics, you can take steps to prevent pain in the future. If you’re already suffering, visiting a chiropractor in Westchester County can alleviate your symptoms. Contact us for skilled spinal decompression in Eastchester, NY, and the surrounding areas. Your job may sometimes be unpleasant, but it shouldn’t cause you physical pain!