Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

Proper Sitting Posture Can Prevent Neck Pain

Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

Proper Sitting Posture Can Prevent Neck Pain

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Dear Doctor K: I am a woman in my late 40s, and I have mild but aggravating neck pain that flares up from time to time. Can you suggest simple changes I can make at home and at work that might help?

Dear Reader: There are many things you can do to minimize your risk of recurring neck pain. Start by keeping your neck in a neutral position whether you are sitting or standing. That means your head should balance directly over your spine and not lean forward or be cocked to one side.

Here are some other tips:

- At the computer or desk, keep your head balanced directly over your spine as much as possible. Set your chair height so both your feet can rest on the ground, and sit with your buttocks far back in your chair, using a small pillow to support your lower back if needed.

Also, when you are working at your computer or doing any type of desk work, get up and move around every half-hour. …

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