Neck/Back Pain while at the Desk


By now most of us have spent SOME amount of time working at desk with the need to shift things to virtual. But I still hear of people battling back pain, which makes sense. 80% of people will experience back pain at some point in life.  And we now know that the "perfect" posture we used to chase was actually too rigid in its guidelines for all bodies. I've realized my neck and back tense up when I've sat and looked down for too long (laptop screen). So i've made more efforts to change my position before my body starts yelling at me.


Is anyone else in the same boat? What have you felt helps avoid pain at the desk the most for you?



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Totally in the same boat here! When I keep up with my yoga practice, my back is better in general. I've been quite the slacker lately though, so I'm trying to get myself back into alignment and back to practicing regularly to prevent the posture problems. 

That's such a great way to tune in with your body! Love that you've figured it out. Keep it up!


I was really struggling with this, but I found standing up throughout the work day (outdoor breaks, walking meetings) + investing in a quality desk chair has really alleviated a lot of the pain. I have to set reminders to step away from my desk, though 🙂

You have cracked the code! This is truly the best way to alleviate things like pesky neck or back pain. As a physical therapist, this makes me really happy to hear!


After 2 years of working from home and acknowledging that it'd be permanent, I finally invested in a standing desk for myself and it's been a game changer. Soooo worth it. But I kind of can't believe how long it took me to put my own needs first and invest in it!