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Workstation ergonomics: ideal setup

A lot of back and neck pain can be avoided by having a correctly setup workstation. If you are office based and use a computer a lot you may experience office back pain and neck pain from prolonged periods of comupter use. Here is an example of a good workstation setup.

5 desk based excercises for office workers

The following excercises can help avoid pain and discomfort if you spend extended periods at a workstation / work in a computer-based office enviroment.

IMPORTANT: if you experience ANY pain in attempting these exercises STOP immediately

Lower Back Desk Exercise
A sore lower back is a very common problem. It can be difficult to practice good posture for long hours. This leads to some relaxed slouching, which inevitably causes lower back and neck pain. You can do a simple stretch to help alleviate this discomfort. You can do this stretch either sitting in a chair or standing up:

  1. Place your hands, palms down, on your lower back.
  2. Point your fingers down and lean back.
  3. Push your breastbone up towards the sky, keeping your elbows pointing straight back.
  4. Hold for 15 seconds then relax.
  5. Repeat the above steps twice.

This stretch will help you relieve the tension that builds up in your lower back. To avoid injury, remember not to bounce or jerk your muscles while exercising or stretching your back.

Calf Stretch and Quadriceps Desk Exercise
This exercise will help relieve the tired and lethargic feeling that invades your leg muscles due to inactivity. In addition, the quadriceps exercise will actually strengthen the muscle itself through an isolated isometric flex at the top.

Before attempting this exercise, ensure that you have enough space to fully extend your legs. Do the following exercise with your back straight and your feet planted flat on the floor in front of you.

  1. Place your hands flat on top of your right leg.
  2. Lift your right leg from your hip flexor and fully extend it straight from the knee.
  3. With your leg fully extended flex your upper leg muscle and hold for 10 seconds.
  4. Lower your right leg slowly, once again placing your foot flat on the floor.
  5. Repeat exercise with the left leg.
  6. Repeat the above steps twice.

You can also stretch out both legs under the desk for a minute. This exercise will enhance the blood flow to your legs and may help alleviate muscle cramps. While doing the above exercise you should feel a solid stretch in your calf muscle and a firm tightening of the upper leg quadriceps. To increase the stretch you can pull your toes up towards you as you perform the above.

Shoulder Stretch and Desk Exercise
A simple exercise that can be done from behind the desk is the shoulder stretch/roll. It is also good for those with aching shoulders. Remember to sit up straight with your feet firmly planted on the floor when doing the following exercise.

  1. Stretch your right arm in front of you and across your chest, as if you were grabbing something on your left side.
  2. Bring your left arm under and in front of your right arm.
  3. Gently hug your right arm in towards your chest.
  4. Repeat with the arms reversed.
  5. Relax your arms, letting them hang down loosely at your side.
  6. Slowly roll both shoulders backwards ten times.
  7. Slowly roll both shoulders forward ten times.

These movements will help relax the shoulders and neck, as well as add flexibility and strength.

Abdominal Crunch Desk Exercise

  1. Sit on the edge of your seat.
  2. Lean back from the waist, keep your back straight.
  3. Hold the seat of your chair with both hands.
  4. Lift both legs up, keeping your knees bent while tightening your abdominal muscles.
  5. Straighten your legs holding your heels a few inches off of the floor.
  6. Repeat steps 4 and 5 until you have completed 10 repetitions.

This exercise will strengthen your core and help promote better posture.

Sit and Stand Up Straight
Many people are surprised when they hear that sitting and standing up straight is an exercise. Good posture itself is probably one of the most effective core strengthening exercises. This is due to the amount of muscles required to stabilize the upper body when keeping the back straight and the tummy tight.

Here are some tips for better posture.

  • Adjust your chair and keyboard to promote a non-slouching sitting position.
  • Always sit with both feet firmly flat on the ground in front of you.
  • Stand up tall, with your shoulders back and your chin raised.

Practicing good posture can hep alleviate lower back and neck pain. Sitting and standing up straight will help build strength in your abdominal and lower back muscles.

These office exercises are only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to developing a healthy lifestyle. Make sure you get up from your desk and walk around a few times a day.

Start taking the stairs instead of the elevator. If the commute to work isn't too long, riding your bike or walking to work a couple of times a week will do you some good as well - even just walking a few bus stops or to the next station along your commute is beneficial.

You're encouraged to visit your dentist at least twice a year to ensure good dental health - what about the rest of your body!? Getting it M.O.T' d by a few visits to your Osteopath is certainly worth while.

Therapies & treatments

Station Road Wellness Centre offers the following Complementary and Alternative therapies and treatments:

Contact details & opening times

12 Station Road, Epping,
Essex, CM16 4HN

Tel: 01992 570 003

We are a short walk from Epping Tube
station, so easy access from Theydon
Bois and Loughton or a short drive from
Chigwell and Ongar.

We have off-street parking as well
as full disabled access.

We're open Monday to Saturday.

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