After 8 hours of sitting at work can hurt your back. Keeping sitting straight is not the solution. Explanations.
At the office, you will never find the perfect position for the back to be pain free at the end of the working day.
It is well known that everyone should avoid slouching and stay upright when sitting. However, stay straight can create sour tensions as the same muscles would work too long time. The lumbar spine may accept some time slouching at the only condition it does not last too long too.
The best solution is having a break regularly and to move around and changing your posture regularly. The idea is not feeling ache or pain or even tensions before moving or alter the way you sit. You can put a post it on your computer screen “Watch you posture!”, “Have a break!”, “Stretch out”, etc. You can also use the timer of your mobile to ring to get a break. This is particularly important when you are doing some work demanding a large amount of concentration. Your brain will ignore the signals and feedback from the body indicating tensions and sufferance.
In the open office, bins and printers are more and more located in the centre of the room so that the staff need to walk. You can walk answering the phone. Do not hesitate to stretch back, legs and shoulders meanwhile.
The ideal posture would be to have a lumbar support such as the back chair in the hollow of the lower back or a half-roll, and not hunching without being totally upright. Do not cross the legs that freeze the way you sit, certainly slouching. You can ask your work mate and colleagues to keep an eye on your back and reciprocally.
A current trend is to get a standing desk. This not the panacea. Prolonged standing can also create disorders in the back but also in the legs because of the blood circulation.
The basics of ergonomics, working on computer, is to fit the top of the screen at the level of the eyes and avoiding working on laptops. It is highly recommended to plug a wire to a large screen, or put the laptop on a book pile and plug a keyboard.
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