You get caught up in your work. The pains begin to become more noticeable and you realize that you are slouching. A few stretches are completed and then you are quickly engrossed in your work again. As a desk jockey, sitting is what you do most of the day. Maybe not all day at the office, but there is more sitting when you get in the vehicle to drive home and again when you sit to have dinner. Before bed, there might be more sitting in front of the television or reading one of your favorite books. In this case, lower back pain is inevitable, because the body is not made to be in couches or chairs all day.
How to avoid lower back pain at the office
The feet should be positioned flat on the ground with bent knees at an angle of a least 90 degrees. The hips or ‘sit bones’ should bear most of the body’s weight. Shoulders should be held back at all times and head positioned away from the lap. The wrists on the keyboard should be at a neutral positiond, if not, it should not be bent back more than 20 degrees. When in constant use, the hands should be resting comfortably like if you rest them on the thighs. Avoid reaching far for the computer mouse or anything that you will be using for work.
Treating lower back pain
A desk jockey can treat lower back pain issues with the same remedy for avoiding it in the first place. That is, practicing and maintaining good posture. In addition, spending less time resting in bed when experiencing lower back pain, will help the healing process. Daily tasks are found to be more effective than long periods of rest. It also helps to do simple exercises such as walking and some muscle stretches in an upright, neutral position. Stay away from gardening activities and any other strenuous physical activities. A desk jockey should be conscious of the possibility of developing lower back pain, and try to prevent it rather than treat it. The former is easier to do.