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We’ve written before about the importance of an ergonomic office environment and taking micro-breaks for web workers. But we also know that such good advice is easy to ignore. Most of us can get away with bad habits for a few years, but at some point, […]

We’ve written before about the importance of an ergonomic office environment and taking micro-breaks for web workers. But we also know that such good advice is easy to ignore. Most of us can get away with bad habits for a few years, but at some point, your body may tell you to slow down. In my case, the key tip-off that something was wrong turned out to be excruciating back pain.

If you’d like to avoid getting to this point yourself (or if you’re already there and want to get out of it) head over to Spine-health.com and spend some time perusing their excellent selection of resources. They have spent the last several years collecting an immense amount of information, all of which is peer-reviewed by their medical advisory board before posting.

Try starting with their Spine Topics section, which contains categorized information on everything from picking the right ergonomic chair and mattress to avoid back pain to travel tips and notes on types of pain, exercise, surgical and other treatments. Their short article on office chair set up covers four points for proper ergonomics at your desk: office chair back support, keyboard in easy reach, computer screen at eye level, and arm support.

Back pain, sadly, is an occupational hazard for those of us who are too frequently chairbound. It’s also one of those hazards that you can largely avoid by having the sense to take care of yourself before you’re laid out in bed. Spine-health.com has plenty of words of advice if you can take the time to read them.

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  2. I agree. When you consider what we put our bodies through on a daily basis, it’s amazing they can handle what they can. Late last year I started using a wider angle at my workstation chair after reading the results of a European ergonomics study. The study revealed that wider seat position angles actually result in much lower intradiscal pressures than the conventional 90 degrees. I have really noticed a difference in my low back pain, and so have my patients. The link to the article is:

    http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/health/6187080.stm#sitting

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  3. You are right, we tend to overdo it in one position.We should remember to take a break and move around. Mayo clinic gives 4 main reasons for back pain, force, repetition,posture and stress.It’s good to have the support of other home workers too, isn’t it?
    To link to the article is:
    http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/back-pain/HQ00955

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  10. Sitting for prolonged periods of time, even if your spine is healthy is not ideal. There are many back pain relief tips you can use to help ease your suffering.

    However, most back pain relief is just that – relief. You still need to address the underlying causes or back pain will plague you for many years.

    Changing your sitting position is helpful, but you should still be aware of a=other things you can do at work to make life easier.

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