For most people, the key to minimizing neck and shoulder pain is to perfect the workspace or work environment, develop better posture, and to reduce the stress your daily routine puts on your body. The streamlining of equipment and devices so that they function well with the human body is called “ergonomics.” Here are a few suggestions to adjust the ergonomics of your workplace and to reduce shoulder pain at work.
Consider these full-body posture tips when sitting at your desk:
- feet should be firmly planted and flat on the floor or on a stable footrest
- thighs should be parallel to the ground
- elbows should be supported and close to your body
- wrists and hands should lay in-line with your forearms.
- lower back (the lumbar region) should be supported
- shoulders should be relaxed