Monday, September 29, 2014  06:00 AM | By: Hayley Morphis
Conquering Back Pain At Work

Having back pain at work can make it simple to get distracted from the task at hand. According to the American Chiropractic Association, the number one reason that employees miss work is from back pain. In fact, around 50% of Americans who work have confessed to having back pain in a given year. But what exactly can cause back pain in the work place?

  • Leaning over a computer.
  • Hugging your phone between your ear and your shoulder so you can use your hands.
  • Little to no movement during the day.

  • My Office Innovations offers these tips for staying healthy and hopefully back pain free:

    Rest Your Feet

    Fellowes Standard Foot Rest

    Fellowes Standard Foot Rest
    This is a great footrest for the office on a budget.

    One simple way to decrease strain to your back is to have a footrest. With a footrest, your knees will be above the hips, which will help to reduce strain on the lower back. Furthermore, it can help to decrease stress placed on the spine, feet and also legs because it keeps the lower back in proper alignment.

    Straighten Out Your Neck

    Kantek 7in-10in Tablet Stand

    Kantek 7"-10" Tablet Stand
    Super easy to use and you can take it on the go.

    You probably don't even notice how often you look down at your computer or tablet screen while working at your office desk. This puts serious unwanted strain on the neck. An easy way to know where your screen should be is to sit in your office chair and stare straight forward. Your eyes should align to the middle of the screen perfectly to decrease stress on the upper back.

    Keep Moving

    Kantek 7in-10in Tablet Stand

    Safco Zenergy Ball Chair
    Great way to keep your body moving and your core engaged without a backrest.

    This is probably the hardest thing to stay on top of in the office. You get in the zone while working on a project and before you know it, it's time to clock out and you have spent 8 hours sitting at your desk. You need to get up every half hour and take a walk around the office to increase circulation in your legs as well as get blood flow to the rest of your body. Consider a sit-stand workstation with the proper accessories to improve posture and back health.

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