If you’ve spent any time sitting at a desk staring at a computer screen, chances are you’ve experienced some sort of neck and shoulder pain. The type of pain can range from stiffness to a severe lack of mobility. No matter the level of severity, neck and shoulder pain can be a major hindrance for those trying to work. To help you avoid it, here are a few simple tips you can do throughout the workday.
Developing the Right Posture
A good posture can make a huge difference in reducing the chances of developing shoulder and neck pain. Whether you are sitting or standing at a height adjustable desk, maintain a good posture. Shoulders should be back, not slumped over, with your chest forward. The position of your arms and eyes are very crucial. Most people tilt their head down in order to see the computer screen, but neck pain is imminent in this position. Raise your computer up so that it’s on the same plane as your eyesight. Ideally, your eyes should be staring straight ahead at the screen and your arms should be parallel to the floor and your feet firmly on the ground.
When your muscles are set in one position for too long they can become strained and overworked, leading to muscle pain. Stretching works out that muscle tension and helps you relax into a good posture again. Set aside certain times throughout the day to stretch.
There are numerous stretches you can do while sitting or standing at your ergonomic desk. Roll your shoulders in a circular motion, and then do the same thing with your head. You should feel the tension release from those areas. Follow it up with a deep stretch by clasping your hands behind your back and move them away from your body. Keep your posture upright and chest out.
Getting the right kind of corporate furniture is crucial to combating the dreaded neck/shoulder pain. One reason that ergonomic office furniture is great for employees’ health is because it encourages the body to maintain a good, natural posture throughout the workday. Ergonomic desk chairs have built in back support that will help keep you from slumping over. Standing desks can also help with that. Employees tend to slump over after they’ve been sitting in one position for too long—your core gets weakened from inactivity and stops supporting the rest of the body. Sit to stand desks allows you to keep moving and change positions during the day, keeping your core engaged. Ergonomic computer desks also allow employees to adjust the desk’s height so that their computer screen can be in line with their sight.
If you are struggling with neck and shoulder pain, TrueNorth height adjustable desks could be your answer. Learn more about the health benefits of sit to stand desks and contact us to discover how TrueNorth standing desks can work in your office space.