What to do if your neck hurts at work

Neck painThese days most of us are required to sit for prolonged periods of time and this can pose problems following a whiplash neck injury.  Recent studies indicate that prolonged sitting is bad for all of us on many levels and periodic movement throughout ones day is advocated.  Of course some occupations require a lot of exercise—our mail carrier for example claims to walk 13 miles a day delivering mail!  Most of us do more sitting than walking though.

Frequent moving is the key and it is best to move before stiffness or achy-ness develops in your neck.  At least every hour stand up and move and perform your ideal posture exercise.

Regardless of where you sit—you need to give your body regular ‘neck breaks’ throughout your day.  Just standing up and move around, look out the window can help.  And if you think your employer won’t understand then you must also think that your employer likes mistakes which come from trying to work while in pain!

Computer monitors should be adjusted to a comfortable position as should chairs, armrests and keyboard positions.  If reading documents stand them up next to your computer monitor rather than trying to read them while they are flat on your desk.  Sometimes using keyboard shortcuts instead of a mouse reduces stress on the hand and wrist.  With laptops an external keyboard can be very helpful.  

Standing at work can be helpful, in fact, workstations configured around a treadmills have recently hit the market.

With telephones headsets can be very helpful and one should avoid holding the handset between one’s head and shoulder.

These simple work solutions can reduce one neck discomfort following a whiplash as well as increase ones productivity!

Some of this information was extracted from a FANTASTIC 37 page PDF booklet, reviewed above:


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