Back pain is one of the most common health problems today. In fact, most people experience back pain at some point in their lives. Normal aging and some physically demanding occupations often cause discs to wear out. Bad posture and poor movement patterns can speed up the process.
Susan Helton-Groce, ergonomics coordinator at Franciscan WorkingWell occupational health services, offers tips on how to improve your work station to reduce aches and pains at the end of the work day.
Potential causes for pain in the lower to middle back include your sitting position, chair selection, Helton-Groce offers low-cost options to help address this, including how to correct your sitting position to keep your lumbar area in a neutral position and using a rolled up towel to support the lower back and lumbar area.
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Keep your feet flat on the floor or on a footrest, and your thighs and hips parallel to the floor. Your elbows should have a 90- to 120-degree bend and stay close to your body. Use a back pillow or cushion if your chair lacks a backrest that can support the curve in your lower spine.
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