It’s not always easy knowing where to start or what to say.
How do I prevent my desk aches and pains?
Your employers will have completed a risk assessment of your working station, and where necessary made adjustments. But this doesn’t necessarily protect us from ourselves!
If we slouch in our chair, sit for long periods of time without moving, don’t drink enough fluids, etc. we are at risk of muscle fatigue which can cause tension in the muscles.
Things you can do
- Get up and move every 30 mins / 1 hour
- Drink plenty of water, if you keep a large flask of water on your desk it will encourage you to drink, and you’ll move regularly as you’ll need a refreshment break more regularly too!
- Stretch out and mobilise stiffness in the muscles and joints. Expect to feel the muscle pulling but if it is painful or uncomfortable reduce the stretch.