Being a desk jockey is "tough work"! In order to sustain life, we now live in a society where sitting is the modern day human survival reality. The average Chicago office worker develops shoulder, elbow, and neck pain in a typical 8 hour work day. There is likely you have some now while reading this. Thankfully here are 4 easy tips to keep your joints and tissues mobile before you take on the 200 plus lbs snatches on your first attempt.
Office Desk Jockey injuries and pains
Tips for sitting at your desk
Alleviate neck and shoulder pain:
- Foundational Ergonomics – Set up your keyboard, mouse, monitor, and chair in an optimal position for your body.
- Keyboard and mouse at the end of your table within arms reach
- Monitor at eye level or slightly below
- Chair close to the table with a slight lean at the back and bring your hips fully up against the back of your chair
- Move – Take breaks, look away for 20secs, get up and Move. Change positions to help relieve tension and reduce strain in your eyes, neck, back, shoulders, hips and knees.
- Stretch –There are common finger and wrist muscles that get used over and over; Stretch those little guys. They will thank you for it!
- Sleep – Rest is a great chance to give your back and neck support and relief for as long as you are lucky enough to remain horizontal. Quality sleep keeps the body healthy and starts the reset button to process healing.