Employee Health

Daily Desk Detox

By March 7, 2018 No Comments

At Wello, our nurse practitioners work with individuals and families to help them get well and keep well. A big part of our service is “keep well” advice for living your healthiest. When we think of keep well health advice we don’t always think about work-related advice that applied to working at your desk!

However, research has shown office spaces can have their own serious risks.

Staying in one position, while doing repetitive motions, with poor posture can cause or worsen injuries including eye strain, carpal tunnel syndrome and back pain. These are the dangers of the desk, so it is key to make sure you take time out each day at work to detox!

Here are a few keep well daily desk detoxes to help you.

  1. Easy on the Eyes: Staring at a screen (or multiple screens all day) can have a serious effect on your eyes! Make sure your screen is about an arm’s length away from your face and always follow the 20‐20‐20 rule – every 20 minutes, look at an object at least 20 feet away for at least 20 seconds to give your eyes a rest.
  2. Picture Perfect Posture: This isn’t always as easy as it sounds, but posture is key to ease strain at a desk. Sit close to your desk with your arms parallel to your spine. Make sure your legs are at a 90‐ degree angle and your feet are planted on the floor. We know crossing your legs can be tempting, but try to avoid it.
  3. The Chair Challenge: Your desk chair can be your best friend or your worst enemy. Cushioning in your back should push it slightly forward, and it should also be between 12 to 19 inches wide to give you the ultimate lower back support. This prevents slouching and minimizes the load on your back.
  4. De‐Stress With Stretches: According to the Mayo Clinic, sedentary lifestyle contributes to risk of heart disease. It sounds shocking, but don’t worry, some simple activities can help with this. Try walking laps with your colleagues rather than sitting for a meeting and always make sure you get up every 30 minutes for at least one to two minutes.

There are also lots of stretches you can do at your desk to help with carpal tunnel, lower back pain, neck pain and more.

Like what you see and what to get more keep well tips from our Wello Nurse Practitioners?

Just book an appointment by phoning +1-403-648-2120, email hello@wello.ca or log into your patient portal to secure message directly with a Wello Nurse Practitioner at www.wello.ca.

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