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People that typically have chronic back and neck pain are those that sit at a desk for several hours a day without the proper support. That is why it is important to get yourself a chair that reclines. It does not have to be a fully reclining chair or sofa like the one you might have in your living room. You do not need cup holders built in to the arms. But it should be able to provide some reclining flexibility so you can take a break and relax your muscles.
If you sit at a desk all day long, your body needs breaks here and there. You should take anywhere from five to 15 minutes every hour or two to stretch the muscles. Stand up and walk around for a few minutes, even if it is just around your office. Stretch your legs and back.
A chair that reclines allows you to relax your back and stretch a little bit, whenever needed, without having to leave your desk. Many chairs today can be ordered with a built-in head rest, too. This supports the head and neck, curbing chronic neck pain that is common among people who spend extended periods of time sitting at desks.
Your chair is the fist place to start when creating an ergonomic office environment.
|Sheri Ann Richerson|