Sitting at a desk all day is hard work
Most of us consider going to our 9-to-5 a little bit painful—figuratively speaking, at least. But for many folks, their desk job leaves their shoulders, neck, and back in physical pain. In fact, over half of the American workforce has suffered from back pain, arthritis, or other musculoskeletal aches in the past two weeks, according to data from the most recent American Productivity Audit. And even if you’re among the lucky group that’s injury-free, if your gig requires you to be desk-bound, there’s a good chance painful symptoms are manifesting in the background. Scary, right? While that may seem a bit bleak, there are some simple ways desk jockeys can stay pain-free. Proper office ergonomics and tweaks to your daily routine, for example, can help you and your joints stay comfortable on—and off—the clock. Here are a few of the most effective techniques.