Chiropractor Questions Back Pain

How to prevent back pain from an office job?

I started a new job a few weeks ago where I am sitting at a desk for 8 hours a day. Is there anything i can do to prevent my back and neck from becoming sore?

6 Answers

Yes there is! Good posture and frequent breaks to stand and walk around are essential to preventing back and neck pain due to sitting.
Yes you may want to have an ergonomic chair and keep your body straight at computer level and every hour to two hour stand walk around and stretch and then get back to your work station for a couple of hours. And of course to may want to see a chiropractor to strengthen the muscles of the lower back and to realign any area of the spine to give better endurance at sitting at your desk job.
Yes! Stretching. Basic low back and neck stretching will help you a lot. Also, make sure you have an ergonomic chair to help your posture and support your low back.
Yes! Our body doesn't want to be in a seated position all day. In fact a report came out earlier this year showing that sitting for 8 hours a day is just as detrimental to your health as smoking. The first step is to get a standing workstation and alternate between standing and sitting each hour. If you don't have access to a standing workstation, set a timer on your phone to go off every 30 minutes. Stand and stretch, walk around for a minute or so as this will get fresh blood pumping wake the muscles up. Be sure to engage your core slightly while seated to prevent poor posture.
If you are sitting for prolonged periods, you should get up and walk around for a few minutes every 45 minutes. You can also try an ergonomic office chair. Stretch your legs and lower back. I hope this helps.
Take care and be well.
Dr. Eric Miller
Get off your butt every 30 minutes and walk for 5 minutes, do stretches.