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How Your Office Job Could Be Damaging Your Body

Is your back bothering you?

You aren’t alone. An estimated 80% of adults will experience neck or back pain at some point in their lives. In fact, lower back pain is the top musculo-skeletal disorder and is the leading cause of disability around the world, according to a June 19 Island Connection article.

The Island Connection reports that the cause of lower back pain and neck pain can often be complicated and tough to diagnose. However, one of the main causes of your lower back pain could actually be the chair you sit in at work for eight hours each day.

By buying a new office chair with ergonomic design, you could help reduce — or even eliminate — the strain that sitting for prolonged periods places on your back.

Ergonomics, or the science of altering workplace conditions and job demands to optimize employee health and well-being, are used to make it easier for you to be safe and productive at your job. Maintaining good posture and not sitting in one position for a prolonged period are two important principles of ergonomics, according to the CDA Press.

The National Institute of Health has offered some recommendations on what you should look for while buying an ergonomic chair. If purchasing a chair with armrests, it’s necessary that you get one with adjustable armrest height and width. You should also look for a chair that has adequate lumbar support, or a cushion placed behind the small of your back, to keep strain off your lower back.

In addition to using an ergonomically-sound chair at work, you should also make sure to take small breaks throughout the day to stretch your neck, arms, wrists, back and legs, the CDA Press reports. It’s also helpful to stand up and take a short walk around the office every 30 minutes or so.

With just a few adjustments to your work routine, you can prevent placing painful stress on your lower back and keep your body in top condition.

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