Poor posture while sitting for prolonged periods of time on an office chair can put excessive stress and strain onto your spine and muscles. Over time, this excess stress and strain can lead to the spine’s anatomical characteristics being altered, which in turn may lead to constriction of nerves and blood vessels, as well as disc, joint and muscle problems. Good posture to reduce back pain can help eliminate these issues.
The importance of good posture to reduce back pain
Every one of these problems can be counted as a major contributor to neck and back pain, fatigue, headaches and potentially even issues with breathing and major organs. It is therefore imperative to maintain good posture to reduce back pain and other problems related to poor posture.
Correct posture to reduce back pain when sitting
To assume and maintain the right posture to reduce back pain, neck pain and other related injuries at work, it is essential to:
- Sit in an ergonomically-designed, custom-fitted chair
- Ensure your back is aligned properly against the office chair’s back
- Avoid leaning forward or slouching, especially when getting tired after sitting in front of your computer all day
- Keep your arms flexed at the elbow at an angle of between 75 and 90 degrees, if this is impossible, your chair will need to be adjusted accordingly
- Keep your knees level with your hips
- Keep your feet flat on the ground, using a foot rest if necessary
- Sit with your shoulders straight
In addition to keeping up this posture, it is also important to get up, walk around, and have a stretch every now and then.
Employers and posture
Your employer is legally required to look after your health and safety. This means preventing accidents at work as much as it means ensuring you are not made ill at work through bad posture.
In other words, it is your employer’s duty to provide you with an ergonomically-designed office chair and workstation, as well as allowing you to take a break and have that stretch once in a while.
Posture-related back pain
If you suffer with work-related back pain or sustain an injury at work because your employer did not perform his duty to prevent work-induced illness or work accidents adequately, you could be entitled to file a work injury claim against them.
Accident Advice Helpline injury solicitors can help you get the compensation you are entitled to.
Our nationwide team of experts have over 15 years of experience in dealing with industrial injury claims. Enlist their help by calling our helpline on 0333 500 0993 from your mobile, or 0800 689 0500 from a landline, now.
Date Published: August 1, 2016
Author: Accident Advice