The rise of back pain in the modern day

It’s so common nowadays to hear “I get terrible back pain” or “I’ve always suffered from a weak back”.  The question is why? Why is it such an issue in 2016?

Personally I blame the computer – the device that I’m using to write this blog in a slouched position and the chair is not set for my height.

Personally I don’t suffer from back pain but that’s because I’m seated for short period during the day for a maximum of 2-3 hours a day unlike others who can be slouched in front of a screen for anywhere from 8 to 14 hours a day.

Obviously the workstation is not the only reason for back pain, but it is one we can easily remedy.

The ideal scenario is to change to using a standing workstation! If that’s not possible follow the following workstation tips:

  • Use an adjustable height computer monitor, or rest the monitor on books if necessary to raise to eye level
  • Make sure that your chair has armrests and adjust them to support your elbows
  • Arrange your desk to make sure you don’t need to reach repeatedly for items such as your phone
  • Make sure that your thighs are fully supported by the seat of the chair
  • Don’t sit with your legs crossed – keep your feet flat on the floor
  • Make sure that your hips and knees are at a 90 degree angle
  • Use a chair that can be adjusted to support your lower back

Excuses are for people who don’t want it bad enough.
— Martin King, Personal Trainer