Sure, sitting up straight this very second will help. And so will these five tips from massage therapist, Lindsey Seabrook.
Sitting at a computer for long periods of time can lead to all sorts of pain, from neck and shoulder to lower back. But you can control this by limiting the stress you put on your body. Here's how:
1. Don’t slump.
When you can, sit bolt upright so that your spine is straight. You will feel elongated and taller. Your back will love you for it.
Hours sat slumping can leave us with tight and short pectoral muscles (the ones across the chest). This also means that the muscles across our neck and shoulders are stretched and become weaker, leading to neck and shoulder pain. To combat this, make sure you stretch your arms back from time to time to open up the chest area. You will be able to feel a nice stretch across the chest.
3. Get up and walk about.
You might think that you don’t have time to go for a walk to the kitchen or to get lunch but actually it’s imperative you do. We, as human beings, were not designed to sit. Moving around can increase blood flow and circulation as well as giving your brain time to re-boot and de-stress.
4. Adjust your chair.
Adjust your chair height so that you can use the keyboard with your wrists and forearms straight and level with the floor. Your elbows should be by the side of your body, so that the arm forms an L-shape at the elbow joint. Your screen should be at eye level. This can help prevent repetitive strain injuries. Your neck should not need to bend up or down in order to view the screen.
We all know that our bodies need water in order to work. In between our vertebrae in our spine are our spinal discs that absorb pressure and stop the bones rubbing together. They cannot do their job properly unless fully hydrated. Keeping them hydrated can help keep back pain at bay.