If you work in an office, you likely spend most of your day hunched in front of a computer. Sitting in poor posture can place up to 2 times your standing body pressure on your spine, according to medical research[1]. Having an inversion table at your office is a quick and relaxing way to put your back pain on break, but when inversion isn’t an option, here are some other types of products that can help improve your health, posture and well-being while you work (Teeter does not benefit from or specifically endorse products listed below):

 

Eye Strain
Overhead lighting, direct sunlight or dark rooms can all produce strain on the eyes. When possible, try to use table lamps and “task specific” light bulbs that allow your eyes to take in the right amount of light to focus on a computer monitor, desk or other work space.

 

                                          

 

Foot Rests
Sometimes something as easy as moving your feet or your legs as you work can help improve your health, reduce stress and increase duration of concentration. Here is one neat gadget that looks more like a skateboard than a foot rest!

 

 

Seating
Depending on your specific needs, there are chairs that are specifically designed to support your back and enhance your posture where you need it most. There is even a chair that is endorsed by the American Physical Therapy Association.

 

 

Desks
From desks that let you stand to desks that actually incorporate a treadmill at the office, standing and moving as much possible while working can help reduce all manner of sedentary-related illnesses.

 

reduce neck strain with a phone book
Neck Strain
You could spend thousands of dollars buying products to help you achieve the optimal environment in which to work, but our all-time favorite way to immediately improve your work space is a good old fashion phone book! Prop a phone book or two under your monitor to make sure that your monitor is exactly at your eye level when sitting in good posture. This will reduce strain on your neck which will in-turn reduce strain on your shoulders and your overall posture.

 

 

Citations:
[1] Nachemson, A and Elfstrom, G: Intravital Dynamic Pressure Measurements in Lumbar Discs. Scandinavian Journal of Rehab Medicine, supplement, 1970.
 
Photos:
Lamp: http://www.humanscale.com/
Footrest: http://store.yankodesign.com/
Chair: http://www.squidoo.com/haworth-zody-chair?utm_source=google&utm_medium=imgres&utm_campaign=framebuster
Desk: http://www.beyondtheofficedoor.com