Exam periods are right around the corner for those at university, college and school – and if you’re not studying, a majority of us work at a desk! Poor posture at a desk can lead to lower back, neck, shoulder and wrist pain and injury to name just a few – and can really get in the way of what you are doing!
So here are some simple facts and tips about posture, and what you can do to help yourself. The “ideal” posture is as follows;
- Keep your ears in line with your shoulders (avoid adding any unnecessary load to your neck!)
- Pull back your shoulder blades slightly (classic ‘sit up straight’ will help relieve tension through the front of your shoulders, and reduce possibility of getting pins and needles down your arms)
- Get a chair with arm rests and a back! (it is underestimated how much support this can actually offer)
- Lower your chair so your feet are flat on the floor (adds supports and takes the weight off your back)
- Make sure everything you need/use often is in reach (prevent awkward leans and stretches becoming repetitive)
Here is a simple, and a slightly more complicated photo to give you a better idea…
HOWEVER in all fairness, any position we sit in for too long is going to cause issues! So my simple top tip is KEEP MOVING! Set yourself time limits – for example every 30 minutes go for a stroll around the office, get a drink and then return to your work/revision. Especially if you are putting in hours of work – get up and take breaks, have a stretch, go make a cup of tea… just something to get you out of the same repetitive position!
I hope these simple tips give you some relief from work or studying! Feel free to get in touch if you have any questions. Thank you for reading, and as always; Keep It Simple!