1. Kim

    I’ve been experiencing back pain at my left hand side for the last couple of days now. Before that, I visited the hairdresser’s and had to sit for about 6 hours, so I guess this is why. But I keep getting like shooting pains at the same side of my neck at the back. Never had the shooting pains. Just wanted to know, is that normal?

    • Thabo

      Hi Kim,

      You can try R.I.C.E which stands for rest, ice, compression, and elevation. It that doesn’t help, see a doctor to make sure that you don’t have a pinched nerve in the neck.

  2. Cristian

    Great Post!!! Seems this is the reason why I’ve been have experiencing back pain when I stand for too long. I’m just 25, but I’ve spent a whole lot of my life sitting in front of a computer since I was 11. When I try to stand upright, I feel this sharp and fast pain in my lower back. The pain only reduces when I lean forward or sit down. Please what can I do? I just want to be able to stand upright without feeling any pain.

    • Thabo

      Hello Cristian,

      I would recommend seeing a physiotherapist for an assessment. Acute pain as you get up from sitting is is associated with a condition known as coccydynia. You need to find out if you’re not suffering from this condition.

  3. R. Freeman

    I usually spend most of my time day and night in front of a computer. I have two websites, two blogs, I freelance online, I am finishing a novel, and I go to school online full time. Did I mention I hate sitting all day? I am glad that sometimes I need to get up and down due to certain projects that require me doing so. Not to mention I think what saves me is that I get distracted with something going on in the house or on the property because I work from home, therefore, I can be up and down frequently. I do have a very nice chair and I built my desk in my office to a custom height so I think the only thing that leaves is that I need to make sure that my monitor height is correct. I do use a laptop but have an additional monitor for multitasking certain projects. This is good information. I love the diagram!

    • Now bloggers have access to new technologies that relieve the pain associated with poor posture while training proper posture. I think this will help fight the harmful effects of sitting too long. That said, bloggers should still take a proactive role in making sure that they do everything to lessen the strain on the spine and neck while sitting. It looks like you are doing a good job of moving your body so that you are not sitting in the same position for a long time. Perfect!

  4. Hello Thabo,

    I’m glad to have found this article about how to stay healthy while working for hours at the computer. This has made me realize that my posture in front of the computer is not ideal. I must adjust the keyboard, it seems to be placed too high. Hope the stiffness in my neck and upper back will disappear after having done this.

    Thank you for the very useful tips.


    • Hello Pernilla,

      I think adjusting the keyboard should help. But also remember that Yоu want the height of your mоnitоr tо be ѕuсh that you can lооk straight аhеаd and not hаvе tо adjust your nесk angle to viеw the screen. This should go a long way in lessening the stiffness in your neck and upper back. I’m glad that you found the tips useful.


  5. I am someone who knows that I cannot sit for very long. In order to get anything done on the computer I must get up after about 10 to 15 minutes and do something else. This is when I work in the office at my desktop. If I am working on my blog I have to be in a reclining position on my laptop.
    I work out at the gym at least 3 times a week and exercise at home every day. I don’t have back pain when I do things this way.
    I would encourage everyone to heed your advice on this excellent article.

    • Hello Cynthia,
      I always enjoy reading your comments because your background as someone knowledgeable in the health/ medical field and as a woman involved in an active exercise routine allows you to bring a lot to any discussion focused on a health related topic. You have done it again with a very useful comment that I know will help others. Thank you.


  6. Thank you so much, Thabo, for making me aware of placing the monitor on the right height for my eyes and not only think of the keyboard placement. I’m sure I’ll feel more comfortable when working at the computer when I have adjusted the monitor as well.


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