Back pain is an all too common experience for so many people. As many as 8 out of 10 people experience back pain for some reason at some point in their lives.
The severe discomfort that back pain causes can get in the way of you doing your job properly, something you may literally not be able to afford. So what can you do to avoid experiencing back pain while working?
Improve Your Posture
Wherever you’re at, however you’re positioned, freeze for a moment. How are you positioned? What’s your posture like? Poor posture could be contributing to your back pain. If that seems like a plausible reason for your discomfort, start working to improve your posture.
Practice finding a neutral position for your spine. Set a timer and do posture checks on yourself until good posture becomes a habit. Consider finding a new office chair that gives you the support you need while you work as well.
Work at a Standing Desk
Do you find it easier to maintain good posture while you’re standing than while you’re sitting? If so, consider working at a standing desk instead. Almost all back pain is caused by a musculoskeletal issue.
Standing, engaging your core, and properly aligning your spine (all of which may be easier when working at a standing desk) can help you avoid developing back problems down the road.
Prioritize Core Exercises
When you think of core exercises, do you think of people working out in the gym to get a six-pack? That’s the general stereotype, so you wouldn’t be blamed if you did. Your core is so much more than just your abs though. It’s made up of muscles throughout your back, sides, and stomach areas. Your core can stabilize your spine and keep it in its proper alignment. Protect your back by maintaining a strong core. Core exercises may help prevent back pain or reduce its impact on your ability to do your job well.
You need to stay focused and productive at work. Back pain can threaten your ability to do that. Take preventive measures to protect yourself from back pain by working on your posture and strengthening your core stabilizer muscles. If you experience back pain despite your efforts, consider seeing a doctor to identify the issue. Even if it’s not something they can treat themselves, they can at least point you in the direction of someone who can help you.
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