Do you spend long periods sitting at a desk?


A comfortable workspace can help you feel your best. Give your sitting work area a makeover with this visual guide to office ergonomics.

Working from home has become the norm for a lot of people since the Covid-19 pandemic entered our lives, causing an array of health problems due to reduced levels of physical activity.

Sitting has been dubbed “the new smoking”. Not only can sitting too much lead to back pain (which afflicts 2.5 million people in the UK every day), it is also associated with a host of other health risks.

However, if you sit behind a desk for hours at a time, you are not automatically doomed to a life of neck and back pain, or sore wrists and fingers.

Using proper office ergonomics — including correct chair height, adequate equipment spacing and good desk posture — can help you and your joints stay comfortable.

Optimal desk posture when sitting at a desk for long periods
Photo Credit: Co-Kinetic

CHAIR: Choose a chair that supports your spinal curves.

MOUSE: Consider using an ergonomic/ upright mouse to avoid twisting your wrist and arm muscles.

TELEPHONE: If you frequently talk on the phone and type or write at the same time, place your phone on speaker or use a headset rather than cradling the phone between your head and neck.

FOOT REST: If your chair is too high for you to rest your feet flat on the floor — or the height of your desk requires you to raise the height of your chair — use a footrest. If a footrest is not available, try using a small stool or a stack of sturdy books instead.

BREAKS: If you sit for long stretches of time, you place stress on certain muscles. As a result, you are likely to get stiff and sore, so make sure you take regular breaks to walk around and do some stretches.

Check out our Office Chair Exercises to keep your back happy!

Do you suffer from tight shoulders?

Is back ache affecting your daily life?

Is your wrist and arm hurting from repetitive strains?

We can release tension and restore balance to your musculo-skeletal system, reducing strain and discomfort, and encouraging the body to heal and repair any injuries or long-term and repetitive strains.

Contact one of the team

Give us a call on 0191 398 0000 or get in touch with us today. Our experienced and knowledgeable team can provide advice, support and techniques for stretching. Or treatment for when you haven’t been moving enough!

This article was originally published in the Town & County magazine for County Durham. Download Do You Spend Long Periods Sitting At A Desk? in PDF format.