Many people have neck or low back pain while sitting, but what many people don’t realize is that your posture is often the culprit. And with a majority of us spending more and more time on the computer, tablet and smart phones, the prevalence of posture related pain is increasing with computer use.
It is easy to have poor posture as we sit at the computer, which places more emphasis on our ligaments rather than tightening our muscles and using our core. It takes work to correct bad habits, but this work is essential in correcting our posture and relieving pain.
Remember to follow these simple tips:
- Keep your elbows, hips, knees & ankles at a right angle (90 degrees).
- All of your other joints should be straight or neutral.
- Your back should be resting against the chair backrest and monitor at eye level.
- Forearms on arm rests or parallel to the floor, keyboard even with forearms and mouse just to the side of keyboard.
- Feet should be on the floor or footrest.
When you slouch, your back starts to form a C shape and your neck extends forward. When you lose your natural curve of your spine, it puts extra stress onto your muscles, ligaments, discs, and nerves. This can cause soreness and pain in your back, neck or even nerve pain which radiates down your arms and legs.
Proper Posture for Driving
While driving, slightly recline your chair and have your head against the head rest, hands positioned at ten and two o’clock. If you have bucket seats, sit directly in the center and not on the edge. After correcting position, adjust all of your mirrors. If you then start driving and realize you can’t see out of your mirrors, you may have defaulted to your previous poor posture.
How can Physical Therapy help?
Your physical therapist can perform an in depth evaluation of your posture and any pain your experiencing and create a treatment plan that gets you back to pain free as quickly as possible. Through a combination of manual therapy, stretching and exercise, and other corrective measures a Physical Therapist can help alleviate some or all of your pain for the long term.
Often these simple steps can alleviate any symptoms caused by poor posture, but often times there are other underlying conditions that may also need to be treated. Should you continue to experience pain please call one of our offices today to schedule an evaluation with a Physical Therapist.
- Participating Clinics -
These neighborhood physical therapy clinics provide Posture and Body Mechanics Training, click to schedule an appointment or learn more.
Arlington (Reaction Physical Therapy)
Bellevue (Crossroads Physical Therapy)
Bothell (Bothell Physical Therapy)
Burien (Burien Physical Therapy)
Gig Harbor (Source Therapy)
Kirkland (Totem Lake Physical Therapy)
Lake Stevens (Reaction Physical Therapy)
Lynnwood (Reaction Physical Therapy)
Mercer Island (Mercer Island Physical Therapy)
North Bend (North Bend Physical Therapy)
Puyallup (Meridian Physical Therapy)
Puyallup (South Hill)
Redmond (Eastside Physical Therapy)
Seattle (Northgate Physical Therapy)
Seattle (South Lake Union Physical Therapy)
Seattle (University Physical Therapy)
Smokey Point / Marysville (Reaction Physical Therapy)
Snoqualmie (Snoqualmie Physical Therapy)
Tacoma (Tacoma Central Physical Therapy)
University Place Physical Therapy