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Backache due to bad posture? Try this for relief
Thursday, 11 June · 2 min read

You may have adjusted to working remotely from a (makeshift) desk or couch, but can the same be said for your back?

Poor posture or sitting in a chair that lacks back support can take its toll on your body and lead to backache, which in turn can affect your productivity.

If you’ve developed backache in recent months, or it's a long-standing issue, you can improve your posture and ease discomfort by doing the following:

  • use a chair that reduces strain on your lower back - adjustable is best
  • keep your upper back straight and your shoulders low - not hunched
  • rest your feet flat on the floor or on a footrest and don’t cross your legs
  • sit with your hips close to the back of the chair to help prevent slouching
  • position your screen so it's at eye level to avoid neck strain - use a monitor stand, or if you’re working from a laptop, place a thick book under it
  • keep your forearms level with the floor when using your keyboard
  • try not to lean to one side - your spine should remain straight
  • get up and walk around every 15 minutes - as your muscles tire, you become more likely to slouch

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Health is not simply the absence of sickness. -- Hannah Green