The basics of good posture

Bad posture is the sneakiest workplace risk there is.  Discover the dangers and learn some simple ways to stay healthy during your daily office life. 

Lower back pain affects all age groups and is the leading cause of disability in working-age people globally. Researchers believe the global burden of this ailment will only increase as the population ages. However, even if you’re sitting for prolonged periods, you can still protect your back. Here are a few ways to do so:

  1. Keep your computer screen about an arm’s length away. Your upper arms should sit parallel to your spine, and your eyes should align with the top of the monitor. Your elbows should rest at your sides at a 90-degree angle.
  2. Office workers should sit up straight and avoid slumping in the chair. Your neck should remain in a comfortable, neutral position.
  3. Adjust the armrest so that your shoulders lift slightly, which will relieve tension from your neck as well. Also, this will improve your posture and prevent you from slouching.
  4. Sit with both feet flat on the floor, not with your legs crossed. This keeps the blood flowing equally in both legs, helping to prevent blood clots and other issues.
  5. Have a cushion handy to keep your lower back arched, so you don’t slouch forward. This alleviates strain on your lower back, spine, and lumbar discs.

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