Woman sat at desk with back ache

Desk Do’s and Don’ts

If you find yourself tied to a desk for long hours each day, it can be really tiring on your muscles. If you are not sitting correctly your posture can become distorted and strain muscles all over your upper body. More of you than ever are coming to me with aches and pains from the lockdown period of working from home with computers on kitchen and coffee tables. Many of you may still be working at home or going into the office occasionally. Even if you are back in the office permanently now with perhaps a better set up, I thought it would be a good idea to mention and recap on desk etiquette to help with your muscle tension issues.

Support your back with an adjustable chair or use cushions for the correct height and positioning as you sit. Allow your knees to be lower than your hips and don’t cross your legs. Relax your shoulders, elbows and forearms in an ‘L’ posture level with the floor. Keep your wrists straight while typing and use a mouse support. Your computer should be directly in front of you with the top of the screen at eye level for a straight neck position. Don’t bend your neck when using the phone and check you can manage bifocal glasses without straining your neck to read.

Regular breaks and stretching can give your muscles a chance to loosen from the strains of desk work. Undoubtedly desk work can be challenging and aches, pains and repetitive strains are a common complaint in the back, neck, shoulders, arms and hands. Let me help you be more productive at your desk with various beneficial massage therapies. I would recommend any of the deep tissue, Chinese cupping, soft tissue Swedish, Thai hand and foot and Indian head massages. Book now!

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