7 Steps to Better Posture to Create a Healthy Workplace

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Workplaces create a crucial role in society. A healthy workplace helps in the development of the employee physically, mentally, and economically, thereby resulting in better health for their family, communities, and society. Modern-day work pressure and desk jobs, sitting glued to the chair and computer screen have resulted in an increase in spine problems and various work-related musculoskeletal disorders. Most common pain areas low back-63%, neck-53%, shoulder-38% and wrist- 33%. Prevention is a better idea rather than visiting a physiotherapist and spending fortunes. Hence few steps need to be followed in order to create a healthy workplace.

 Align your Head

Working on a desktop computer may make you hunch your back. You may jet your head forward which results in the tightening of neck muscles. So check your posture by sitting upright with good lumbar support from your chair and keeping your head lined up properly.

Stretch your Shoulders

Keep your shoulders relaxed. Constant shrugging will cause more tension. Elbows should be close to the body. Hunched posture causes the tightening of chest muscles, so stretch the shoulders to relax the tightened muscles. Also, make sure you have enough support at your back.

Gaze Up

Your eyes should be at level with your monitor. The screen should be free of glare and should tilt and pivot. Neck strain is common if you spend your whole day at work in front of the monitor. So to relax your neck and spine muscles adjust your monitor. A good chair with a proper backrest is a must.

Don’t Stoop

Slouching is the worst way to sit at your workstation for a stretch of eight hours or more. It pays hard on your back. This leads to over curvature of the spine and weak muscles. Make sure to stretch and massage the affected muscles. Adjust the backrest of the chair to fit in the lower back curve or get a lumbar roll. Don’t sit for a long time. Split your time between standing, moving, and sitting. Chairs should have armrests that can be adjusted according to the person’s needs.

Exercise and Stretch

Stretching and muscle strengthening can be done even with your odd working hours at the desk and your old-time excuse; no time to exercise. Ensure that thighs are parallel to the floor. Shoulder stretch, upper back stretch, Spinal twist, torso stretch, Inner thigh stretch, hip stretch, hip flexor stretch, forearm stretch, and neck stretch are some of the exercises you can do sitting on your office chairs. Stretch your hips gluteus and hamstrings regularly. Neck, shoulder, and wrist rotation are also important to prevent injuries.

Keep Wrists Flat

Keep your wrists straight and flat with your hands, wrists, and forearms parallel to the ground. Use a wrist pad. Maintain a flat keyboard surface with a keyboard tray and a mouse next to it. Click the mouse as gently as possible.

Sit Upright and Move Your Legs

Our skeletal system is designed in such a way as to support our body and hold us up. Poor sitting posture prevents our skeleton from giving efficient support. So adjust the chairs to sit upright and keep your feet flat on the ground. Sitting cross-legged will result in poor circulation and crooked posture. This cross-legged posture again put pressure on our hips and spine. So proper circulation of the blood to all parts of the body is important to keep moving. Just take a break from your work. Get going and walk around to your cafeteria for a sip of hot coffee. This will enhance your mood and make you more creative and productive at your desk.

A chair’s height should correspond to a person’s standing knee height. A footrest can be kept to keep the blood flowing to the feet. Following these simple steps, positive changes will shower upon, with the company gaining profits, fewer staff members off sick, higher efficiency, and happier and more dedicated employees. Don’t kill yourself sitting on your own office chair. Get up and get going. Stay healthy and work better and earn good perks. Take a break and just ponder Are you sitting now in a good posture?

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