An estimated 45 percent of working Americans are plagued by chronic neck pain, and your computer is just one part of the problem.
Too often, Dr. Smith finds that office chairs don’t support the natural “S-curve” of the spine.
Thanks to insufficient lumbar support and a lack of arm rests, employees are often forced to slouch and lean over their desks, creating a “C-shaped” spine that puts added pressure on the neck and lumbosacral disks.
Dr. Smith advises consulting with your HR department on ways to make your workspace more ergonomic and suggests taking advantage of standing work stations if they’re available (or make your own).
At the very least, set an alarm to remind yourself to get up, stretch, and change positions every 30 to 40 minutes.
This gets blood flowing, improves circulation, and gives the spine a chance to “reset,” Dr. Smith says. (Do these 6 stretches if you sit all day.)
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