Do you catch yourself slouching or straining your neck throughout the work day? Unfortunately, bad work posture often leads to a number of health complications down the road if bad habits are not corrected. At Barfield Chiropractic in Murfreesboro, TN, we specialize in a number of chiropractic adjustments for people who experience chronic back and neck pain as a result of bad work posture. And for those who are just now beginning a new career, here are some tips for how to maintain good posture and avoid being in pain during your work day.
Move Around During the Day
One of the main reasons so many people experience back and neck pain from bad posture at work is because they simply don’t take enough breaks. Studies suggest that in order to avoid common medical conditions caused by typical stagnant work life, you should make a point to get up from your desk and move around for at least five minutes per hour during the day. Doing this greatly reduces your chances of developing chronic pain and even life-threatening health conditions like heart disease, obesity, increased blood pressure and high cholesterol, to name a few.
Catch Yourself in the Act
A good way to start correcting your bad posture at work is to pay attention to the signs your body is giving you and straighten up whenever you feel your shoulders slouch and your body start to ache. A good rule of thumb is to try and keep your ears in line with your shoulders, as opposed to leaning forward, and to keep your back straight rather than curved. Of course, this is easier said than done, and habits like these take lots of time to break. But in order to start feeling better, it’s necessary to start making these micro-level adjustments until they, themselves, become habitual.
Hit the Gym After Work
Central to maintaining good posture is having a strong physique. And by this, we don’t mean that you have to start meal prepping and doing intense workouts every day. Instead, set aside an hour or so before or after work to go to the gym and focus on core strengthening workouts like pilates, yoga and ab exercises. After just a few weeks, you will notice yourself slouching less due to new muscle strength and will have significantly less pain in your back, shoulders and neck.
Get Your Vision Checked
A major reason people tend to lean forward and strain their necks at work is because they have a hard time reading what’s on the screen. If you find yourself squinting or stretching your neck forward to get a better look at what you’re reading, it’s time to make an appointment with an eye doctor. While getting your vision checked isn’t always the most pleasant experience, it’s worth finding out whether you need glasses or contacts so you can eliminate one more thing contributing to your bad work posture and body aches.
If you are experiencing chronic back, neck or shoulder pain due to bad posture at your job, take those symptoms as a sign from your body that it’s time to correct a bad habit. Whether you constantly slouch, lean forward or sit at your desk for too long without taking breaks to move around, your body will not function properly in the long run. So take these pieces of advice and begin taking steps to correct your posture at work, or if you are experiencing chronic pain, contact our chiropractic office and make use of our new patient special today.