4 Important Ergonomic Solutions for Keeping a Healthy Spine

Back and spinal pain is one of the most common complaints made by patients to their doctors. And 80% of adults experience lower back pain at some time or another during their lives. And it comes as no surprise, considering that 86% of Americans sit all day, every day, at their place of work. There are many ergonomic solutions that will aid your spinal health, regardless of whether or not you have an injury. But what are they?

Take a look at these 5 amazing solutions for making your spine healthier.

1. Get Yourself a Sit-Stand Work Station

A sedentary lifestyle is one of the primary causes of neck and back pain. It’s important to change positions throughout your workday to address that pain.

Sit-stand desks have become quite popular in the workplace as they allow workers to change their positions quickly and easily.

You can go from sitting to standing with a simple switch of a lever. This allows your body to move and stretch while still getting work done. The natural inclination promotes spine health, and shifting positions places less pressure on your spine and increases blood flow throughout your body.

 

2. Keep It Moving

Motions are medicine for your spine. The more you move during your day, the more protection your spine will have.

Go for a walk during your lunch break after you eat. Don’t just sit at your desk and eat.

Set the alarm for yourself on your phone twice a day, and get up and move around when that alarm sounds, even if it’s only for 15 minutes.

If you’re really busy, just get up and move every 30 minutes to an hour, even if it’s just for a simple stretch.

 

3. Think About Your Body’s Position

When you’re at your desk, use your computer to answer emails and texts to avoid bending your head forward to look at your phone.

If you’re on a call while working at the same time, put your phone on speaker or get a Bluetooth so that you’re not cranking your head while you talk.

Think about your posture! Sit up straight and walk with your shoulders back and head high, every time you think about it. Eventually, you’ll do it without thinking.

 

4. Get the Right Chair

Pick a chair that supports the curves of your spine. Adjust the height so that your feet rest flat on the floor or on a footrest.

Make sure your thighs are parallel to the floor and adjust the armrests, so your arms gently rest on them. Let your shoulders relax without hunching forward.

Just remember to look for signs that your pain may be serious, so you know when to call a professional.

 

Ergonomic Solutions Make All the Difference

Times have changed, and it’s essential to change with them, especially if it’ll make you more comfortable and your spine healthier.

Even though your job might require you to sit all day long, there are plenty of ergonomic solutions that will both improve your spine health and alleviate back pain.

When there’s a drop in temperature during winter months like November and February, it opens up the chance for spinal strains.

While there are solutions that can help, it’s important to check with your doctor, especially if you have recurring pain.

Contact us today for questions and to find out how we can help with your spinal pain.

Florida Orthopedic Surgeon, Dr. Anthony P. Moreno received his Bachelor’s and Medical degrees from the University of Florida, where he graduated with honors. After that, he completed his orthopedic residency at Jackson Memorial Medical Center/University of Miami. Dr. Moreno has also completed a Spine Surgery Fellowship at Hahnemann/Penn. As a board-certified orthopedic spine surgeon, Dr. Moreno is also a member of the American College of Spine Surgery and speaker. For instance, he has done many presentations around the world on spinal surgical techniques. His knowledge and expertise can help with any of the most complex spinal cases. Read more about Dr. Moreno’s education, certification and credentials here.