Anyone who has ever had back problems knows the true value of proper back health. Chronic back pain is one of those things that I wouldn’t wish on anyone; it is a constant ache, never leaving you and genuinely lowering your overall quality of life. Our CEO and President, Ron Bettin, suffered from a severe spinal injury in 2011 that resulted in years of rehabilitation, so he knows firsthand what real back pain is like.
But it often isn’t until we’ve experienced this kind of pain ourselves that we start paying attention to our back health and ways to improve it. We should not put our back health on the back-burner, but instead recognize the true importance of proper spinal care and what we can do to prevent experiencing chronic pain in the first place.
As office workers, we spend an average of at least nine waking hours sitting down every single day; this puts an incredible amount of strain on the back and neck if we’re not careful. For those of us who don’t know, here are just a few of the many reasons why we should be more careful and why back health and good posture are important:
So now that we know why back health is important, what can we do to actually improve it before we experience back pain? You guessed it: active seating solutions, regular movement and ergonomic workstations!
Here at Fitneff, we have many seating solutions that support positive posture and engage your core. For example, the Varier Variable balans chair supports a kneeling position rather than a traditional sitting stance. This tilts your pelvis forward and relieves tension on the spine that is so common with prolonged periods of sitting. Other active seating solutions with similar benefits include the CoreChair, Gravity balans, Focal Locus Seat and Focal Mobis Seat.
Ensuring that your workspace is ergonomically set-up to meet your needs is another important way to improve back and neck health, particularly for those of us who are at a desk for long hours of the day (myself included). Make sure your monitor and keyboard are both at the correct height so that you don’t need to be constantly looking down at your screen. This can be accomplished with monitor mounts, suspended keyboards or height-adjustable sit-stand desks that incorporate both.
All in all, regular movement and exercise are vital to ensuring a healthy back. By making movement a priority, you strengthen core muscles and surrounding joints that will in turn support your spine and promote good posture. So, the moral of the story is take a break from that desk, make a conscious effort to keep moving and make back health a priority before the back pain sets in!
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