It is common to experience tension in our neck and shoulders whilst studying, the following tips may help reduce aches and pains during this stressful exam period….
1.Setup your desk correctly
- Make sure that there are no obstacles under your desk, this will prevent you sitting at an awkward angle
- Place frequently used objects such as a note pad and pens close to you and preferably directly in front of you
- Place lower priority items further away
- Raise your books by placing something underneath them, this will avoid you bending your neck excessively.
2. Chose a correct chair
- Feet firmly on the floor or a foot rest if your chair is not adjustable
- Avoid chairs that are too low or too soft
- Sit as close as possible to the desk
- Adjustable chair height
- Adequate lower back support at belt level
- Set your armrests to the correct height (avoid them causing your shoulders to be elevated)
3. Sit with a good posture
- Sit right back in your chair with your back firmly supported
- Sit straight-no slouching!
- Chin tucked in
- Do not lean to one side
- Avoid crossing legs
4. Take study breaks
- Avoid sitting for longer than 45 minutes at a time
- Use this time to rehydrate and get some healthy snacks
- Use your study breaks to do shoulder relaxation and neck mobility exercises, see your nearest physiotherapist to advice on appropriate exercises.