Headaches, neck pain, back pain; all of these are likely a part of your daily struggle if you work in an office. Body pains can be caused by staring at screens, craning your neck on the phone, or looking down while you write notes. But there are a few changes you can make in order to keep your aches and pains down to a minimum each day. Take a look at some simple changes the True North Desks staff recommends for making your days more comfortable.
Work at a standing desk
Ergonomics are important when you are trying to maintain proper posture in order to avoid neck pain. An adjustable height desk is the best solution to help you improve your posture during the day. When you need a rest and decide to sit, you can set your computer screen at the perfect height so that you can sit up straight. If the screen is too low, you will be craning your neck to view it, which will cause neck and back pain. Your screen should be at a height where your your head and neck remain in a neutral position. These same rules apply when you’re standing at your standup desk.
Avoid reading on your cell phone
This tip goes with the ergonomic advice above. When you read emails on your cell phone, you are craning your neck down, which will inevitably lead to neck pain. Consider turning off your email notifications on your cell phone during your work day. This will not only keep you from craning your neck, but can increase your productivity. Look straight ahead on the computer and check your emails occasionally.
Don’t stay in one position for too long
If you’re working at your stand up desk, it is important to remember that you need to continue to move around some during the day. Take a few breaks and sit at your adjustable height desk. Walk around the office and refill your water bottle or grab a cup of coffee. Do some exercises at your standing desk or try out a few stretches to keep your muscles loose.
Sit and stand with support
If your office is full of standing desks, then you need to make sure you have the proper footwear for standing and a supportive chair for sitting. Keep comfortable shoes at your standing desk to wear during your work day. Having the right shoes will allow you to stand tall while maintaining good posture. Keep a supportive chair close to your adjustable height desk. Occasionally you’ll need to sit and focus, giving your feet a rest at the same time.
If you are not already working at a standing desk, then getting one is your first step to avoiding neck pain and back pain at work. True North Desks has many different styles of standing desks, so there’s one that fits the way you work. Request our brochure for more information on how standing desks lead to healthier living.