Dealing With Pain And Can’t Find The Source?
READ ON, THIS BLOG POST IS FOR YOU!!!
Pain can be a very confusing experience, especially when you cannot figure out why or when it came on. A helpful tip is to look at what your body does for a majority of the day.
BUT I JUST SIT AT MY DESK? I HAVEN’T DONE ANYTHING!
It can be frustrating, but our pain does not only appear from injury or major accidents. It can come from us simply doing nothing. Aches and stiffness are commonly caused by our bodies constantly being held in one position, and this can lead to pain. Although you haven’t experienced any try of trauma, your body enjoys moving more than we get to while sitting at our desks.
I CAN’T ESCAPE MY DESK THOUGH!
You need to be at your desk, yes, but there are ways we can keep those aches and pains at bay, and a little bit of prevention can do wonders for your body. Setting up your desk to suit your body will make a world of difference, in addition to moving throughout the day.
WHAT CAN YOU DO?
To get you started setting your desk up, start with your chair. Make sure that when you sit down, your knees are at a right angle as a minimum, this will help keep your knees between the 90–120-degree range.
The next step may be a bit trickier, as your head, neck, shoulders, and pelvis should all run in the same line. Maintaining this line may mean you need to focus more on your posture by rolling your shoulders back, adjusting how far away your keyboard is away from you or adjusting the height of your computer monitor.
BUT I HAVE A LAPTOP? MY MONITOR AND KEYBOARD ARE NOT PLAYING FAIR!
Many people struggle with this, a laptop does make things more difficult but try elevating your laptop on an angled holder. The best thing for your desk set up is to have a separate monitor with the top aligning at eye height, but this is almost impossible to achieve with laptops.
SO HOW DO YOU GET AROUND IT?
Start a new habit, when you can feel the ache come on from looking down, this is your little reminder to get moving. General movement will help but having stretches specific to your aches and pains is best. Try craning your head backward and then looking from left to right to get things moving again.
WHAT ELSE CAN I DO WHILE AT MY DESK?
There are tons of quick and easy stretches you can do to keep everything moving without having to leave your desk! We would love to show you some, check out our Instagram page or contact our team for the link to our 6 favourite stretches for desk workers
HOW DO I GET MORE INFORMATION ON MY DESK SET UP AND STRETCHES?
The team here at Koru have a lot of experience with ergonomics, desk setups, and the treatment and management of patients with desk work related pain. Booking in to see one of the Osteopaths can provide you with an ergonomic assessment, a management plan with stretching and exercises tailored to your work and presentation. They will also provide support, and of course, some treatment for your current issue.