Some of the most common injuries that chiropractors encounter are caused by incorrect or prolonged sitting positions. With technology use on the rise and more and more jobs requiring 9 to 5 desk time, back pain, neck pain and shoulder pain are becoming extremely common issues. To help remedy these issues, here are some tips from our chiropractors to help you correct your sitting posture.
Get into position
Sit in your chair with your back and shoulders straight, with your buttocks just touching the back of the chair. Bend your knees at a right angle and plant your feet flat on the floor. Your knees should be kept in line with, or slightly higher, than your hips (use a foot stool if needed). Ensure your body weight is distributed evenly on each hip and resist the temptation to cross your legs. Some people find that a rolled-up towel or lumbar roll helps them maintain the natural curves in their back while sitting.
Be posture wise
First and foremost, try to get up and move every 30 minutes, even if it’s just to get up for a drink or pace the length of the office. When leaving the siting position, move to the front of you seat and stand up by straightening your legs instead of bending at the waist. Stretch your back by completing 10 standing backbends before walking around.
When you’re at your desk adjust your chair height and work station so you can sit closer to your work and tilt screens and monitors upwards towards you. Always rest your elbows against your chair or desk and keep your shoulders relaxed.
Do you suffer from back, neck or shoulder pain?
If you are experiencing back, neck or shoulder pain as the result of poor posture, come and visit the Helensvale Chiropractic Centre. Based on the Gold Coast, our experienced chiropractors offer initial care, corrective care and maintenance to ensure optimal musculoskeletal health for all our clients.