HEALTH WATCH: Five Simple Ways You Can Deal With Pain While at Work
By Space Coast Daily // January 20, 2018
Get Up and Walk Around!
When it comes to dealing with pain while at work, many of us push through it because we simply don’t want to make a fuss. While you can cure a headache, other forms of pain, such as neck and back pain, for example, this can be prevented by speaking to your employer as soon as you start to experience the symptoms.
While getting up and walking around won’t solve all of your problems, it will certainly help to ensure that you remain on track, lift your mood and significantly reduce lethargy. Without further ado, here are 5 simple ways to deal with pain while at work:
Request More Frequent Breaks
If you are forced to deal with pain while at work, requesting more frequent breaks is nothing to be ashamed of. In fact, it is encouraged. If you need to take a break every couple of hours, or even more regularly than that, you should reach out to your employer to find a suitable solution and reduce the amount of pain you experience throughout the day, otherwise, you may suffer from repetitive strain injury.
If you suffer from pain from RSI, you can claim RSI compensation to ensure you get what you deserve, and thus more frequent breaks will help separate the repetitive tasks you undergo that caused the pain in the first place.
Get Up & Walk Around!
If you are in pain at work, get up and walk around. If you can’t get up a walk around for the sake of it, perform tasks whilst walking instead. Instead of using the bin under your desk, why not walk to the bin at the opposite side of the room or discard your rubbish in the kitchen instead?
Sitting in an office chair day in and day out can be tiring, which is why it is paramount that you find ways you can get your body moving throughout the day in order to avoid problems in the future. Ideally, you should get up every half hour or so, but if that simply isn’t possible because your workload is too large, then you should request more frequent breaks, leading me onto my next point…
Be Choosy With Your Chair
When it comes to choosing your office chair, rest assured you can be as picky as possible. Ideally, you should choose a chair that enables your lower back to rest against a support. Whilst this will provide you additional comfort in the here and now, in the future, you will experience much less discomfort from sitting down for a prolonged periods of time. If you can, you should then tilt your chain so that it is ever so slightly reclined, as your sitting angle will be much closer to that of standing, which will ultimately help maintain your good posture and reduce pain.
Sit Within Reach
We understand that sitting at a desk all day can be tiresome, and you’ll probably want to move around and adjust your position so that it is more comfortable, but it is paramount that you sit within reach. Ideally, your torso should be approximately about an arm’s length away from your computer monitor for ultimate comfort. Further to this, your computer monitor itself should be between two to three inches above your eye level to ensure that you aren’t straining your eyes, and thus develop a nasty headache.
Avoid Using Your Mobile Phone For Business Emails
We understand that sometimes the only way to ensure we keep on track at work is to use our mobile phones for emails, but using your mobile phone to check if you have received any emails, whether it is at the weekend or during working hours, is likely to cause you problems.
This is because, when you reply to an email via your mobile phone, you are more likely to be hunched over staring desperately at the screen, but when you use a computer, you will respond with your head upright. Not only is this far more comfortable, but it considerably reduces the risk of both neck and upper back pain in the future, which is paramount for good posture.
If you have to deal with pain while at work, a great way to ensure you are comfortable is to take our top tips into consideration. Whilst approaching your employer for more frequent breaks can be daunting, your well-being and comfort is their priority, and thus you have nothing to be afraid of. After all, being comfortable will only boost your productivity!
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