3 Simple Tips To Cut Out Pain For Office Workers By Eliminating CCS From Your Life


Often office workers who suffer pain at work are serial CCS abusers. What’s this CCS all about and how do I know if I'm a victim of it?

OK, suspense over. In this three part article we’re going to look at the three main reasons people suffer pain in the office by needlessly persisting with bad working habits.

3 bad working habits

  • Cradling
  • Craning
  • Slouching

Let’s start with the first one.

Cradling can be seen in any office up and down the country. People on a phone call and when it lasts any length of time they wedge the phone between their head and shoulder.

It’s a horribly unnatural angle to place your head and neck in. And the longer the call goes on the more damage it inflicts on your shoulder and neck muscles. It wouldn't be quite so bad if you switched side, yet most never do.

The best answer is to stop doing it and work more healthily. Instead hold the receiver in your hand and when the call is prolonged switch sides frequently.

Where your job involves using the phone a lot it’s a good idea to invest in a headset.

Now it’s the turn of bad habit number 2 – craning.

This one is so easy to fix. All you have to work on is realizing you're doing it. The only thing is because you can’t see how your sitting it’s not as obvious as it might be.

So what's this craning all about? It’s all about addressing your work incorrectly by having your monitor too far back on your desk top. And because it’s not in the right position to be read comfortably you end up craning your neck forwards.

And of course this places your upper neck and shoulders in an awful posture resulting in pain.

Simple solution is to move your monitor closer with the height set so your eyes are roughly level with the top of the viewable part of the screen. An even better solution is to use a monitor arm, it will add loads of flexibility to your workspace.

And for our final bad habit – cue up the slouchers.

Slouchers are really easy to spot, especially serial ones. They sit slumped forwards and often their body is not in contact with the chair back. Consequently their back is totally unsupported and prevents the chair back from supporting them properly

This posture rounds the back and puts the spinal cord and back muscles under a lot of stress.

In her excellent book, 8 Steps To A Pain Free Back Esther Gokhale explains how to sit properly. Here’s a great video of a talk she gave at TEDxTalks where she demonstrates how to do it.


Let’s summarize the 3 points we've covered here.

    • Cradling a phone between head and shoulders should be avoided – hold your phone in your hand, or use a headset
    • Craning your neck forwards is bad, instead move your screen closer or invest in a monitor arm
    • Slouching rounds the back and stresses spine and back muscles – take a few minutes to watch the video on how to sit properly

Eliminating these three bad habits will greatly improve your working comfort in the office.

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3 Responses to “3 Simple Tips To Cut Out Pain For Office Workers By Eliminating CCS From Your Life”

  1. First off I want to say excellent blog! I had a quick question that I’d like to ask if you don’t mind.
    I was curious to find out how you center yourself and clear
    your thoughts before writing. I have had a tough time clearing my thoughts
    in getting my ideas out. I do take pleasure in writing however it just seems
    like the first 10 to 15 minutes are generally wasted just trying to
    figure out how to begin. Any ideas or tips? Appreciate it!

  2. I find the best way to get started writing an article, is to outline it. So I’ll decide on a topic and then brainstorm ideas, just noting them down. I prefer to do this the day before or a few hours before starting to write. It helps me to let the ideas develop in my mind. Hope that helps.

  3. Thank you for the excellent article and blog. I enjoyed the video, it makes to very good points. As a self professed sloucher I must make a change even though I spend a lot of time directing my clients as to the best was to configure their chairs for optimal ergonomic support.

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