Chronic pain from computer work and sitting at a cubicle desk for hours each day is a modern condition of many office workers.
In Part 1 we looked at the 3 main causes of this chronic pain. Here in Part 2 we will discover the 5 tips for eliminating and reducing this type of chronic pain as listed by business consultant Terry Alton in a Huffington Post article.
1. Give a standing desk a chance.
Standing desks have come a long way and are no longer considered taboo or strange. In fact, you might be surprised to learn how many of your peers are already using them.
Depending on the model you choose, most standing desks are actually devices that allow you to raise or lower them to your desired height — allowing you to sit, stand, or alternate between the two.
According to research related to the dangers of sitting for long periods of time, a standing desk may help people fight cardiovascular disease, obesity, and pain related to poor posture.
2. Try an ergonomic keyboard.
Do you suffer from carpal tunnel syndrome, forearm pain, hand cramps, or muscle strains? An investment in an “ergonomic keyboard” may help by allowing you to keep your chest open, with shoulders drawn back, and the wrists in a more neutral position.
3. Get regular exercise.
Don’t forget about exercise. Even if it means coming into work earlier or leaving a little later, it’s worth taking 30 minutes to break up your sedentary routine during the day.
A little bit of cardio can increase circulation, loosen stiff joints, and release powerful pain-killing endorphins.
4. Be Proactive – Not Reactive
The idea is to be proactive when it comes to workplace pain, rather than reactive.
By implementing these tips now — whether or not you’re already experiencing symptoms or issues — you can ensure you’ll be happier, healthier, and exponentially more productive for years to come.
Source: Source: Larry Alton/ Huffington Post
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