A Forgotten Source of Support While You Work
Where are your legs right now as you are reading this? Tucked under you? Crossed? Wrapped around your chair legs? There is no one “correct” position for your legs, but there are some positions which are less likely to create painful issues for you.
First of all, be careful of “fixing” your legs (or any part of your body) in one position. Keep them relaxed and flexible as you work to avoid muscle tension. Are your feet hanging down, not touching the floor? This is another source of tension for your low back. Creating support for your feet will help to release the tension in the legs and feet, which will be a big help to anyone with back pain.
Use Your Feet and Legs to Stabilize You as You Work
The most ideal position for your feet is to have them lightly resting on the floor. Both the balls of the feet and the heels should be touching the floor. Be aware of the feeling of the floor underneath you. Remember that the floor is there to support you. Let it do its job. Perhaps some of this happened automatically when you changed the way you sat on your sit bones or when you began balancing your head on your spine. (See previous blogs in this series.) Or if you just now adjusted your legs, you may have found that your head or sit bones have become more aligned as well.
Sometimes in getting the workstation the right height for our upper body, our chair has to come up higher. If that is the case for you, it may be necessary to get a small step stool so that your feet can rest easily without hanging down. Keep the stool low enough that your knees are slightly lower than your hips.
Feet and legs are often the most “forgotten” part of our anatomy as we work at the computer because they are not actively involved in our work. How do you use your legs and feet while you are working or playing at your computer? We’d love to hear from you.
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