There’s nothing worse than coming home from work every single day feeling like you can barely sit because of the pain on your joints or in your back. If your office isn’t making you feel comfortable, then the one thing that you need to do is assess whether your furniture is the problem.
Leg pain? Knee pain? Back pain? All of these are a total pain in the behind (literally!) and you need to know that your office furniture is the correct type to avoid it all. Sitting correctly in the office will keep you efficient and productive in the workplace, but pain management will help the actual pain you’re having. If you’re unsure that your office is making you uncomfortable, take a look at the signs that you aren’t sitting right in the office in the first place!
- You’re in pain. If you have to think about the pain you’re in simply by sitting down, you need a change in furniture! Aches and pains that you feel because you are sitting with the wrong posture or for too long is a problem, but the seating is the problem if it’s not ergonomic enough. Lower back pain is a problem and you deserve more support. Whatever your pain is, you should think about whether your chair is the problem.
- You perch. One of the worst ways that you can sit is the perch. You know, where do you put your feet on the base of the desk chair? That’s called perching and it’s a big problem. It’s going to put strain on your knees and your lower back, and it will stop the blood flow from circulating through your legs and feel. The best thing that you can do is plant your feet so that you can keep your back straight and your blood circulating.
- You slouch forward. It’s very easy to let your spine sag and slouch forward to see what you’re doing. You have to elevate your screen rather than slouch toward them, and if you do this, you’ll reduce the pain in your lower back and your upper back muscles.
- You are looking down at your screen. Another bad sitting habit that you are having right now is hanging your head and looking at the screen. You’re not sitting and looking directly at your computer screen. If you can’t adjust your chair, then make a point of raising the computer screen at the same time. If you can, get a screen stand and lift your screen so that you are looking directly ahead of you instead of down at a laptop screen.
- You don’t take any breaks. A big part of sitting correctly is making sure you stop every now and then! Movement helps your body to stretch out and feel good. You can stop the pain of sitting for too long by stretching and moving as you need to. It’ll really make a difference to your comfort when you do and you can correct this by stretching every half hour!