Ergonomics is no new concept, and with the demand for desk jobs growing, incorporating the proper support is critical because, without it, issues can arise that lead to soreness and injuries.
Having the right accessories in place allows workers to make the appropriate adjustments to reduce some of the strain on their bodies, and the Bomberg Chiropractic team is here with five accessories we recommend every desk worker use.
1. Ergonomic Keyboards
Desk workers' hands are often strained while using the keyboard due to the shape of the board and the keys being too close together.
Ergonomic keyboards now come in a curved design with improved key spacing that supports natural positioning and reduces repetitive strain injury because the keyboard allows the fingers to spread apart, making it easier to hit the keys.
2. Adjustable Desks
It's no secret that sitting for long periods is not recommended, and a standing and adjustable desk can help balance their day between tasks. The proper setup should allow the individual to move between sitting and standing to improve their posture, health, and workflow and minimize strain on their body.
While an adjustable desk is a great start, if you are considering investing in one, there are a large number of recommended accessories that can complement the setup and keep your worker healthier.
3. Enhanced Desk Chair
Low back pain is a common complaint with desk workers, so choose a chair with the best support. Its design should have a narrow back that fits the body curve of the worker, promoting the right posture, and have adjustable lumbar support to conform to the individual and allow them to customize firmness or softness depending on their needs.
4. Ergonomic Mouse
If you spend all day at a computer, an ergonomic mouse is one of the easiest things to incorporate because it reduces strain on the hands and fingers.
The design should come with a shape that supports the workers' hands and has buttons that are larger and more accessible to help reduce fatigue so wrists and hands stay relaxed.
5. Wrist Rest
One of the most common issues desk workers experience is wrist injuries because, without proper alignment via ergonomic support, it puts extra pressure on the tendons, affecting the entire body.
The rest should keep the wrist in a neutral position, reduce pain, and decrease or prevent musculoskeletal disorders by taking pressure off the neck, head, and shoulders, allowing them to do their work more comfortably and efficiently.
Sedentary Job? Keep Your Body Healthy While You Sit
One of the easiest and most effective things you can do to reduce your risk of sitting-related health issues dramatically? Take periodic breaks!
While you’re at work, get up and move throughout the day:
Take a walk to the water fountain or break room
Go for a quick stroll down the stairs
Do a couple of minutes of standing calf raises at your desk
Stand while performing a few minutes of light stretching at your desk
Prioritize a short stroll on your lunch break
Spend a couple of minutes doing air squats and/or lunges at your desk
Fit in a mini dance break (maybe rally your colleagues to join in?)
How TENS Therapy Can Help Desk Workers
Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS) therapy is a type of pain relief therapy that uses small electric currents to block pain signals from traveling to the brain or spinal cord.
If you work long hours sitting at a desk, you may experience a tremendous amount of pain from lack of movement during that time. TENS is an ideal alternative for short-term and long-term pain and can be used to eliminate muscle spasms.
Learn more about how TENS therapy can help desk workers.
Feel Your Best With Bomberg Chiropractic
These are just a few of the great accessories to consider incorporating into your office, and while proper ergonomics can reduce injuries, adding chiropractic care can contribute to better health overall.
Dr. Bomberg's team provides patient-focused support in Plymouth, and we specialize in many different chiropractic techniques to help alleviate symptoms and help our clients feel better.
To get started or if you have any questions, give our office a call at 763-450-1755, or you can contact us online, and our team will get back to you shortly.