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17 Desk Stretches That Provide Relief

Staying in one position for a prolonged period begins to take a toll on your body and your mind. When sitting or standing at the office, our muscles often become stiff and tight throughout the day. Taking the time to stretch while at work helps to relax tense muscles, in addition to being an effective strategy in boosting your health and happiness.

Set a calendar reminder for a 10-15 minute break to try the 17 stretches found in the infographic below. They can be done right at your desk! Incorporating stretches into your daily work regimen has many benefits including relaxing muscle stiffness in the shoulders, back, and neck, increasing range of motion and flexibility, and helping you feel more alert and energized.

While stretches are great for short-term relief, there are other measures you can take to relieve discomfort and increase your overall wellness. Visit your local Relax The Back store to speak with our trained specialists. They will help you find useful solutions for the office or at home. Try our ergonomic workstation products that can help you find relief while working, ergonomic office chairs and back cushions that provide the support you need for productive workdays, or massage tools that can be used at work, at home, or on-the-go.

How Do You Work? Maximizing Relief At The Office

While your to-do list at the office can sometimes feel overwhelming, your workspace should not. Optimizing your workspace is essential to promoting comfort and wellness throughout the day. Sitting or standing for prolonged periods of time is detrimental to our health. This leads to back and neck pain, shoulder pain, an increased risk of diabetes and heart disease, and even early death.

Using products that encourage movement will increase energy levels, productivity, and comfort. Frequent movement, including alternating between sitting and standing, improves circulation while relieving stress on your back and legs.

Make comfort and productivity your highest priority at the office. Here are ways to ensure you are working smarter with a space that suits your needs.

Standing

A sit-to-stand desk allows you to easily change positions with the touch of a button. Strike the perfect balance of sitting and standing to stay focused, energetic, and on your way to leading a healthier day. The top of your desk should reach your elbows when they are at a 90-degree angle.

Footrests often go overlooked when discussing standing desks however; this is an essential piece to having all day relief. A supportive footrest increases blood flow and circulation, prevents cramps and stiffness, and helps reduce back pain while standing by keeping your legs active and moving. A properly angled footrest also encourages proper spinal alignment.

Sitting

When sitting, it is incredibly important to have the right support. Ergonomic office chairs offer lasting comfort, better posture, and improved health. A well-designed chair can make the difference between leaving the office feeling at ease or in pain. Adjustable seat height, lumbar support, stability, and movability are key when choosing an office chair. Your office chair should have a high back to support the upper back, a slightly reclined backrest, and arm rests at a 90-degree angle.

Lumbar support should be placed slightly below the waist. Supplemental lumbar support in the way of a back cushion can be added to existing chairs to provide support where you need it most.

Footrests are also an important factor when seated. Rest your feet on a rocking footrest to keep motion in your lower body, blood flowing, and provide ergonomic relief for your upper back. When feet are not on a footrest, be sure they are resting flat on the floor to ensure proper ergonomic alignment.

If you are using a sitting desk, we encourage you to move around for 10 minutes every hour to help you feel more alert and energized, relax muscle stiffness, and increase range of motion and flexibility.

Ergonomic Cockpit

A pilot’s cockpit is designed so that the essential controls are within arm’s reach. This allows them to find what they need without unnecessary movement or strain. This same logic applies to your workstation. Equipment you use most often, such as your computer mouse and keyboard, should be the closest to you in your primary work area. This area allows your wrist and palms to maintain neutral posture. Learn more about ergonomic cockpits in this ergonomic cockpit guide.

You can reduce the risk of injury and pain at the office with proper ergonomics, where convenient levels, proper heights, and the best angels work together to achieve maximum comfort.

Visit your local Relax The Back store to speak with a trained specialist and try out our office products. They will come to your home or office, do an ergonomic assessment and help you find the product solution to ensure you’re working comfortably throughout your day. Follow our 24-hour approach to comfort and wellness on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest for more tools to achieve ‘round the clock personalized comfort.

Gift Guide: Our Top Ergonomic Products

 

ergonomic products

Wrap up relief this holiday season with a gift that keeps on giving – pain-free and productive days at the work! When it comes to overall health and wellness at the office, workstation setup plays a big role. We’ve put together a list of our favorite ergonomic product solutions to help your loved ones increase their energy and productivity, reduce pain and discomfort, and improve their health.

Give the gift of comfort with these ergonomic products:

Visit your local Relax The Back store to speak with a trained specialist who can help you find the perfect gift based on specific needs. Also be sure to visit us online (www.relaxtheback.com) and on Facebook and Twitter.

5 Tips for Back Pain Relief at the Office

5 Tips for Back Pain Relief at the Office

After the common cold, back pain is the second most common cause of missing work. Back pain, whether sharp, dull, or achy, can make it difficult to concentrate at the office. While many occupations can contribute to or worsen back pain, there are tips you can follow for back pain relief at the office.

There are a number of causes of back pain at the office. Poor posture, repetitive movements, and exerting too much force on your lower back are the most common causes of pain.

If you experience back pain at the office, find relief and prevent future pain with these five tips:

  • Stretch Daily: There are many benefits of daily stretching. Increase flexibility, relieve pain and tightness, and increase range of motion by incorporating stretches into your daily routine. Office stretches can offer relief right where you need it most.
  • Maintain Posture: Keep posture in mind while at the office. Maintaining posture helps prevent low back pain as well as improve muscle tone and circulation. Follow these tips for maintaining proper posture in different positions.
  • Move Often: Set timers or alarms as a reminder to move during the day. Staying in any position, sitting or standing, for prolonged periods of time can cause muscle stiffness and pain. Plan to move around for a few minutes, every hour.
  • Proper Ergonomics: Setting up an ergonomic workstation will help ensure you’re working the least compromising position. Lumbar support cushions, ergonomic office chairs, and standing desks provide proper ergonomic support at different price points.
  • Listen to your body: If there are days where you are feeling under the weather, take breaks when needed. If you’re sitting for long periods of time and you start to feel pain, stretch or stand up for a few minutes. Changing positions occasionally throughout the day can help you stay comfortable at the office.

Setting Up an Ergonomic Workstation

Setting Up an Ergonomic WorkstationIf you are one of the many Americans who suffer from daily pain and discomfort at the office, your workstation setup may be to blame. Fortunately, with proper ergonomics, you can reduce the risk of pain and discomfort and improve productivity while staying comfortable at the office.

Follow this guide to be on your way to a healthier workstation.

Monitor

Monitors should be arms distance away, at least 20 inches, and the center of your screen should reach eye level. Keeping the proper distance will help reduce eye fatigue and headaches. Monitor arms allow you to effortlessly adjust the position and height of your monitor to reduce strain in your upper back and neck. If working on a laptop, a laptop raiser is a quick and easy option to find comfort and ergonomic positioning.

Footrest

Reduce low back pressure, increase blood flow and circulation, and counteract the negative effects of prolonged sitting with a footrest. When sitting or standing, maintaining movement in your legs with a footrest can help keep you comfortable throughout the day.

Task Light

When it comes to your light level, aim for brightness of a nice day without sunglasses on. Place lights over paper documents and away from your monitor to prevent glare. Light levels and placement play a role in reducing headaches, eye fatigue, and neck strain.

Keyboard

If using a keyboard tray, your keyboard should be slightly below the elbow. Be sure to keep the keyboard flat and your wrists in neutral position to avoid strain.

Ergonomic Office Chair

Your office chair should have a high back to support your upper back, a slightly reclined backrest, and arm rests at a 90-degree angle. Be sure to have your feet resting flat on the floor or on a footrest below your desk. Lumbar support should be placed slightly below the waist.

Standing Desk

Our bodies are not meant to stay seated or standing for prolonged periods of time. If possible, include an adjustable standing desk in your ergonomic workstation. The top of your desk should reach your elbows when they are in a 90-degree position. Transitioning from sitting to standing throughout the day can improve mental alertness, increase circulation, and relieve stress on your spine.

For more information, be sure to follow us on Facebook and Twitter or visit your local Relax The Back location to get an ergonomic office assessment from one of our trained neck-and-spine experts.

 

 

Gifts of Comfort: Stocking Stuffers

Gifts of comfort come in all sizes. Whether you are buying for your daughter, father-in-law, or family friend, we have gift ideas that everyone will be happy to find in their stocking on Christmas day.

Below we’ve listed our favourite stocking stuffers to help relieve pain and discomfort this holiday:

  • Sleep Mask by Tempur-Pedic ($29): Soothing sleep makes the perfect gift! Cool and comfortable, this mask is made with pressure-relieving TEMPUR material, so you can nod off in total darkness. Perfect for loved ones who travel often.
  • ErgoTravel Keyboard ($40): This waterproof, flexible, and worry-free keyboard prevents strain on arms, wrists, and back while providing ergonomic support for your hard-working loved one.
  • Moji 360 Foot Massager ($39): Know a loved one that can never have too many foot massages? The Moji 360 mimics the touch of a professional massage therapist to revitalize sore, tired, and aching feet.
  • Self-Inflating Back Rest ($40): For work, at the movies, or in the car, this lumbar support is easy-to-use and easy-to-store. This is a gift that keeps on giving, long after the holiday season.
  • TEMPUR All-Purpose Pillow ($49): This pillow’s unique “peanut” shape allows for multi-purpose ergonomic support. Its space-saving size makes it a perfect travel neck roll, lumbar cushion, or leg spacer.

Add these great gifts to your loved ones (or your own) stocking this year. Visit your local Relax The Back store to speak with a trained specialist who can help you find the perfect gift based on specific needs. Also be sure to visit us online (www.relaxtheback.com) and on Facebook and Twitter.

30 for 30 Facebook Giveaway

Since opening our first location 30 years ago, Relax The Back has become a leader in back and neck pain relief solutions. We owe much of our success to you, our loyal customers, for your insistence on quality, service, and integrity.

To celebrate making like more comfortable and to thank our loyal customers, we will be giving away 30 products over the next 30 weeks. Prizes will be announced weekly on our Facebook page. To enter, simply Like or Comment on the Facebook post to be entered to win that week’s prize. You may enter to win as many products as you would like.

Watch the video below for a sneak peek at the giveaway products to help you live more comfortably and pain-free:

Terms and Conditions: No purchase necessary to enter to win. The giveaway is open to legal residents of the United States, who are eighteen (18) years of age or older at the time of entry. The giveaway will begin on 3/20/14 and end the week of 10/13/14. You can enter the giveaway on our Facebook page by Liking or Commenting on the active prize post. You may enter to win as many prizes as you wish. Winners will be selected at random weekly, prior to the new prize announcement. Once notified, the winner will have five (5) days to provide requested information or a new winner will be selected. 

 

‘Gifts That Relieve and Restore’ Facebook Giveaway

In the spirit of giving this holiday season, Relax The Back would like to give back to our community with our “Gifts That Relieve and Restore” Facebook Giveaway. Over the next 2 weeks, we will be giving away products to help you enjoy the holidays, and beyond, in comfort and relaxation.

To enter, simply click on the product below and Like or Comment on the Facebook post to be entered to win that day’s prize. A new giveaway prize will be revealed on the dates below. You may enter to win as many products as you would like.

Winners will be chosen on December 18th.

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Be sure to follow us on Facebook and Twitter for holiday promotions and tips to stay stress and pain free during this season.

Office Work Habits: Desk Habits

For many, sitting at a desk for work is unavoidable. A desk that is appropriately adjusted in addition to being well designed is an important part of an ergonomic workstation. A well-made desk should provide proper clearance for your legs, minimize awkward exertions and postures, and allow for proper placement of computer accessories.

A desk that isn’t properly set up or well designed can cause shoulder, back, and neck pain, which can lead to discomfort and performance inefficiencies. Generalized fatigue and contact stress are also a result of a poorly designed desk and the inability to change working positions.

Follow this ergonomic guide to avoid unnecessary strain and pain:

  • Frequently used devices (phones, keyboards, and mouse) should be within comfortable reaching distance.
  • Work surface depth should allow the monitor to be viewed at a distance of at least 20 inches.
  • If necessary, remove center drawers or insert stable risers under table legs to create clearance for your thighs and legs.
  • Use a height-adjustable desk, such as a Standing Desk, to have the ability to change working positions from sitting to standing throughout the day.
  • Standing up from your desk every hour for 2 – 3 minutes can help reverse the negative effects of sitting all day.

For more information on Ergonomic workstations and solutions, be sure to follow us on Facebook and Twitter, or visit your local Relax The Back store to receive a custom adjustment of the proper Ergonomic workstation.

 

Office Work Habits: Chair Habits

More than 50% of office workers say their chair is the #1 thing they would change. A chair that can be appropriately adjusted and one that is well designed is a vital part of any ergonomic workstation. A well-made chair should support your legs, back, and arms while reducing forceful exertions, contact stress and awkward postures.

Chairs that are made poorly can cause back pain and fatigue as well as restrict circulation in the legs and cause swelling, numbness and pain. Inappropriately adjusted armrests can cause awkward postures or fail to provide sufficient support.

Follow this ergonomic guide to avoid unnecessary strain and pain:

  • Use a removable back cushion if your chair does not have a lumbar support.
  • Consider a backrest that is easily adjustable and is able to support your back in a variety of seated postures.
  • The seat should be height adjustable and wide enough to accommodate various hip sizes.
  • If the seat is not height adjustable, providing a footrest can help elevate the knee to relieve pressure on the back of legs.
  • Use a height adjustable lumbar support so it can be appropriately placed to fit the lower back.
  • Armrests should support lower arm and allow upper arms to remain close to torso.
  • If armrests interfere with workspace or cannot be adjusted, remove them or stop using them.
  • Chairs should have a strong, five-legged base.

For more information on Ergonomic workstations and solutions, be sure to follow us on Facebook and Twitter, or visit your local Relax The Back store to receive a custom adjustment of the proper Ergonomic workstation.

 

Ergonomic Workstations: Office Mouse Habits

 

Creating a safe computer workstation entails finding the correct mouse size and proper placement. Today there are a variety of mice, trackpads and joysticks to choose from. Not to mention different sizes, shapes and configurations.

If your mouse is not placed near your keyboard or you are using one that is an inappropriate size and shape, you may experience contact stress, forceful hand exertions, stress on the shoulder and arm and awkward postures. Being in these prolonged awkward postures and positions can cause fatigue of the shoulder, hand and arm, as well as musculoskeletal disorders and injuries.

Follow this ergonomic guide to avoid unnecessary strain and pain:

  • Allow your wrist to maintain a straight and neutral posture by having a keyboard tray or surface that is large enough to accommodate the mouse and the keyboard. If this is not the case, try one of the following:Use a mouse tray like the Clip-on Mouse Platform over or next to the keyboard
  • Use a trackpad if possible
  • Use a keypad without a 10-key pad to leave more room for the mouse
  • Install keyboard trays large enough for both the keyboard and mouse
  • Utilize a mouse pad with a wrist and palm rest to help promote neutral wrist position
  • Select a mouse designed to fit the hand you’ll be operating it with – e.g., right handed mouse for right hand use
  • Select a size that requires minimal force in order to generate movement and doesn’t require you to bend your wrist during use
  • Adjust sensitivity and speed to allow the pointer to be able to cover the full screen while your wrist maintains straight and neutral posture

For more information on Ergonomic workstations and solutions, be sure to follow us on Facebook and Twitter, or visit your local Relax The Back location to receive a custom adjustment of the proper Ergonomic workstation.

5 Pillars of Ergonomics

Ergonomics is the foundation for all of our back and neck pain solutions here at Relax The Back. Accordingly, it’s important to understand the 5 pillars of ergonomics. Read on to find out more about these fundamentals so you too can understand how ergonomics leads to maximized comfort and performance.

  • Pillar 1: Posture is dictated by what you do (and see)
    • Posture will follow what you are doing and seeing. For example, tablets and smartphones are smaller devices so there will be a change in physical body alignment, such as curved shoulders or straining your neck forward, to meet the screen. This can lead to increased neck pain.
  • Pillar 2: Movement is absolutely necessary – Intuitive Engagement
    • We know the importance of movement however the problem is we don’t do it.
    • Stand Up Desks, rocking footrests and chairs that move with you intuitively allow you to engage in movement throughout your day.
  • Pillar 3: No one-size fits all
    • Anthrometrics is the measure of man – no one is built the same.
    • All ergonomic products are made to fit the 5th – 95th percentile of consumers, but no one is built the same and they do not do the same things.
    • Everyone has a different body type and a different way of doing things – it’s important to find what works for you.
  • Pillar 4: Education is key
    • Without education and reinforcement, we simply forget.
    • A person may not know how to readjust a chair’s alignment after somebody else has used it.
    • We need ergonomic reminders.
  • Pillar 5: Neutral posture is the template (and the priority)
    • No matter what body part we are talking about, in regards to pain and health problems, the solution is to get your body back to a neutral posture position which allows for the least strain on you body.

Visit your local Relax The Back store location for an in-store ergonomic assessment or follow us on Facebook and Twitter for more information.