Chronic osteoarthritis conditions result from extended periods of sitting and poor posture – both of which occur in an office setting. According to the Arthritis Foundation, 27 million Americans suffer from some form of osteoarthritis, with the majority reporting increases in neck pain after spending hours hunched over a computer screen.
The next time you sit down at work, prevent or ease neck pain with these tips:
1. Take standing breaks. Don’t be afraid to step away from your keyboard during the workday. Go outside to get some fresh air, stretch, or visit a coworker’s desk instead of sending an email.
2. Keep feet flat on the floor. This technique prevents your back from arching, straightening your posture.
3. Use a headset to talk on the phone. If you spend the majority of your day using the phone, reduce strain on your neck with a headset.
4. Avoid carrying heavy items on one shoulder. Alternate shoulders when carrying heavy items, such as a purse or briefcase, to avoid aggravating the muscles in your neck and upper back.
5. Disconnect during the evening. With the average full-time office employee spending more than 40 hours per week in front of a computer screen, consider unplugging your electronic devices and spending time relaxing.
6. Stay active. Movement helps reduce stiffness, increase flexibility and strengthen joints.
Source: Massage Envy Spa
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