Shoulders And Upper Back Pain At Work (Video)
Are your shoulders and upper back sore and tight at the end of the work day? Are you surprised about being sore despite being at a desk all day?
How you have your workstation set up may make all the difference. In this video, Sue Helton-Groce, Franciscan WorkingWell Ergonomics Coordinator, offers tips on how you can better set up your work station.
"The goal is at the end of the day to have relaxed shoulders so at the end of the day you're not crunched up," she said. "It's going to affect your shoulder area, down through the arms and even through your hands."
VIDEO: Ergonomics - Shoulders and Upper Back
Preventing Some End-of-Day Work Pains
Helton-Groce offers these tips for improving your desk set-up at work:
- Remember to relax! Tensing and tightening your shoulders throughout the day significantly contribute to shoulder and upper back pain discomfort.
- Have someone stand behind you and tell you if your shoulders are "straight across or slightly angled down from your neck." If they are not, take time to relax and perform a few stretches.
- Remember that by using a footrest and slightly reclining in your chair, your body will automatically be more relaxed.
- Ensure that your keyboard and mouse are almost sitting in your lap.
- If you are perched on the end of your chair and reaching up to your desk area, then your body will automatically tense up and discomfort will result .
More Healthy Work Resources
Check out more workplace tips from Franciscan WorkingWell:
- Effective Solutions for Chronic Shoulder Pain
- Back Pain At Work (Video)
- Handling Headaches At Work (Video)
- Improving Your Work Station (Video)
- Workplace Ergonomics: How to Create a Healthy Workplace
- What to Know About Eye Strain, Dry Eye and Other Work-Related Eye Conditions