Stay Healthy At Work

In this short 3-part series, SMP’s Lead Physio Erica Parker looks at how you can adjust your work posture to reduce those end of day aches and pains.


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Do you sit at your desk all day? Slump over your screen? And then you wonder why you have a headache, neck pain or why your shoulders ache? Posture through the day is so important that once you have cracked it you will feel so much better, less tired and more energetic.
Sit with your bottom right at the back of your seat and rest against the back of your chair for support.
Rest your forearms on your desk with your elbows at a 90o angle
Relax your shoulders, don’t allow them to elevate or round
Make sure both of your feet are flat on the floor, and your knees are level with your hips
Adjust your chair and use a footstool or other support if needed
Imagine there is a piece of string coming through your body and out of the top of your head to the ceiling. This will prevent slumping and help keep you upright.


If you need help to get this right, just book online at Sports Medicine Partners and get expert advice .