Poor sitting posture and workplace ergonomics are related to the development of low back pain, neck pain, and other musculoskeletal Injuries.
Implementing the following suggestions can help minimize stresses on the body while sitting and decrease the chances of developing a musculoskeletal injury.
ADJUST YOUR CHAIR HEIGHT: Your chair height should be adjusted so that your hip joints are above your knee joint. This will place your spine in a more neutral position and prevent excessive rounding of the back.
ADJUST YOUR MONITOR HEIGHT AND DISTANCE: The monitor should be positioned in line with your eyes and the distance should be a length that is comfortable on your eyes to prevent strain.
PLACE YOUR FEET ON THE FLOOR: Sitting with your feet unsupported increases the pressure inside of your spinal discs leading to the potential for a disc injury.
USE BACK SUPPORT: Using the back of the chair for support will help you sit straight and give your back muscles a break. Consider using an added lumbar support for increased comfort.
POSITION HEAD AND NECK IN NEUTRAL: Align your ears over your shoulders and slightly tuck your chin. Aligning your spine in neutral will allow for the equal transmission of forces from your head down into your feet.
IF YOU ARE IN OR AROUND THE CHATTANOOGA AREA AND DEALING WITH AN INJURY, ATHLETIC EDGE PHYSICAL THERAPY PROVIDES ONE-ON-ONE TREATMENT SESSIONS FROM DR. BRANDON WHITWORTH.