Anyone who experiences frequent headaches knows how debilitating they can be. When pain strikes, you lose your ability to concentrate, work efficiently and enjoy the activities you love. Whether you suffer from tension headaches, migraines or both, your office job and the way you sit at your desk could be to blame.
Why Your Desk Job Might Be Giving You Headaches
When you spend long hours sitting behind a desk, it can be difficult to sit with proper posture the whole day. Everyday tasks like talking on the phone, using a mouse that is not in an ergonomic location, texting and reading a computer monitor that's not properly aligned with your line of sight can all affect your posture. In addition, sitting for so many hours can cause your core muscles (responsible for supporting posture) to fatigue, which results in slouching.
Poor posture (hunched shoulders, forward head position and slouching) strains muscles and creates tension in the back, shoulders and neck. This muscle tension restricts your range of motion, reduces flexibility and can be quite painful on its own. Muscle tension also constricts blood flow and pinches nerves, often triggering painful tension headaches and migraines. In addition, poor posture reduces lung capacity and the amount of oxygen flowing to the brain, which can also lead to frequent headaches.
When these headaches strike, most turn to over-the-counter or prescription pain medications to soothe the unpleasant symptoms, but there is a natural and simple way to prevent these types of headaches from ever occurring at all – practicing proper posture.
What Does Proper Seated Posture Look Like?
While seated at your desk:
- Rest feet flat on the floor or on a foot rest.
- Thighs should be perpendicular to the floor.
- You should be able to sit all the way back in your chair without the edge of the seat putting pressure on the back of your knees.
- To prevent shoulder strain, your arms should be supported at their natural height (not pushed up by armrests) while typing or using a mouse.
- Arrange computer monitor directly in front of you at eye level.
- Your jaw should be relaxed.
While sitting, be mindful about not slouching, hunching your shoulders or allowing your chin to poke out into forward head position.
Prevent Painful, Work-Related Tension Headaches and Migraines with Posture Keeper
Posture Keeper helps office workers of all shapes and sizes prevent poor posture and the frequent headaches that go along with it by providing added support to the spinal column while sitting in any type of office chair throughout the workday. Soft straps prevent rounded shoulders, hunching and forward head position, while Posture Keeper's back also supports your lumbar spine (lower back) with a cushion designed for comfort.
Maintaining proper posture throughout your workday (overtime included) will help you prevent the debilitating headaches caused by poor posture – whether you work behind a desk or behind the wheel of a car. As a result of improving your posture, you will find natural pain relief and experience more productivity, creativity and enjoyment both inside and out of the office.