Are you suffering from back pain? The vast majority of people do, at one point or another. But for most of them, it’s not necessary to suffer. Read on for a few tips that may help alleviate your back pain, especially if you tend to sit too much.
Your back takes quite a beating these days. You’d think that conditions would have been far worse way back when people were performing “back-breaking” hard labor. And to a point that’s probably true. But still… don’t underestimate how hard it can be on your back to sit in front of a computer all day. Sitting in meeting is not much better.
I’m serious. Hours and hours of sitting with no breaks, or very few breaks can make anyone’s back give out. Even ergonomic chairs can only help so much. So here’s what you should do:
1) Take breaks
That’s right. Take breaks from sitting. Get up and walk around for a few minutes at least once an hour. Make yourself a cup of coffee. Pretend you have a weak bladder. Whatever it takes.
2) Handle phone calls standing up
Find ways to do your job in other positions. Whether you’re walking around, or even just standing up, your back will thank you. There’s no need to stay glued to your chair while you’re making a phone call. A good quality speaker phone is a sound investment for lots of reasons, but your back health is the most important one.
3) Print out documents
Okay, so printing things out may not be politically correct, what with the extra trees that have to die for your saving your back. Still, if you have to review lots of documents, request hard copies or print them out, and read them while standing up or walking around.
4) Lie down
Lying down may not be possible in the office, but if you’re working from home, it works really well. You can take those printed-out documents and review them while lying down.
One caveat though… don’t go to sleep! If that’s an issue, be sure to set an alarm clock to go off after your allotted reading time. Maybe even set two.
5) Lower your stress
A lot of back trouble comes from stress. So if you want to relieve some of your back pain, work on decreasing your stress levels. There are lots of ways to do that, from making your life less stressful overall to taking good care of yourself so you’ll be more resilient to stress. Finally, you should also have an arsenal of stress busting tools at the ready to tame any stress as it’s happening.
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