Hunching Your Back as You Work
When you’re slumping in your chair, you are putting your back out of alignment. This poor posture can contribute to chronic ailments such as lower back pain, neck pain, arthritis, and bursitis. Long lasting effects aside, short-term problems are that ongoing back pain stops you from performing your best because you are concentrating on your aches.
While you can relieve tension as you sit, it’s best to configure your workplace setting to support good posture. You can do things like sitting on something wobbly. An exercise ball is an excellent option. Sitting on an exercise ball or even a backless stool will force your core muscles to work. Sit up straight, place both feet on the floor in front of you and jump back into those spreadsheets!
Don’t Neglect Your Neck and Shoulders
Along with hunching your back, when your computer screen is too far away, you may find yourself jutting your neck forward–causing tension to build in your neck and upper back. You might not notice for a while, but once you have strained your shoulders and neck, you’ll be feeling it all the time. You may already realize this but, your shoulder is not just a joint on it own. Its connected to the neck, ribs, and scapula (shoulder blade). If one of those things is out of whack, it can affect the others!