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Back to the Office—Set Your Desk for Success

person looking at a laptop and workingMaybe you’ve spent the last few years working from home, couch slouching or in a criss cross-applesauce position. Suddenly, it’s time to return to the office. When returning to a workstation you’ve been away from, or going into a new one, one of the first things you should do is ensure that ergonomically things are set up well. Many places of work have a department that manages office ergonomics.

Check Your Chair

Opt for a chair fully adjustable in all aspects:

  • The back of the chair should slide forward and backward
  • You should be able to adjust the chair up and down
  • The seat pan should be moveable
  • You should be able to adjust the height
  • If the workstation allows, arm rests are helpful

Get an Adjustable Standing Desk

Find out if your company offers you a sit-stand desk, which is beneficial. It allows someone to change their work position so that they’re not sitting or standing all day, and they can alternate between sitting and standing.

Monitor Your Monitor

Make sure your monitor is ergonomically in the right spot, so that you can look straight at it, and not up too high or down too low, which can affect your neck and back.

Arm height in relation to your keyboard and mouse is something to look at, because you don’t want your arms and wrists in strained positions. They should be flat and straight out.

Hydrate, Hydrate, Hydrate

One of the reasons for workday fatigue is dehydration. Ensure you have a good spot for your washable and reusable water bottle to stay hydrated throughout the day. The air in buildings also can be too dry so proper hydration is crucial.

Move More

You’ve probably heard the term, “sitting is the new smoking.” That’s because being sedentary is associated with many health problems. That’s why it’s important to move more throughout the day. Need a reminder to get up and move? You can set an alarm on your computer or phone, so that you’re prompted to get up and move around. We recommend getting up every 30 minutes.

Getting adjusted can also help you stay pain-free throughout your workday. Contact us today to book a chiropractic care appointment.

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