William D. Jones, MD, serves as an independent occupational and preventive medicine physician in Oklahoma City, OK. William D. Jones, MD, helps his patients to guard against and manage a variety of work-related illnesses and injuries, including back pain.
Back pain is a common complaint among professionals who spend a great deal of time sitting at their desks. While the fixed position of sitting in a chair increases the amount of pressure placed on the intervertebral discs and tightens the muscles of the back, poor posture can easily exacerbate it. Slouching or slumping in a chair can not only strain the discs but also stretch the ligaments and other nearby structures, which can cause or worsen pain.
Many experts find that you can reduce the temptation to slouch by adjusting the height of the computer keyboard, which should be positioned so that your elbows can be bent at a 90-degree angle without the upper back coming forward. Likewise, they recommend keeping the bottom edge of the computer monitor close to level with your chin, which will help to keep the back and neck straight.
You may also find that your back pain decreases with a proper adjustment of your office chair. The seat should be adjusted to allow you to sit with your thighs parallel to the floor with your feet flat. A slight slope of the thighs is usually comfortable, but a footrest can make it easier for you to keep your feet firmly grounded.
Summer Lawn Care
William D. Jones, MD, serves as an independent occupational and preventive care specialist in Oklahoma City, OK. In his free time, William D. Jones, MD, enjoys maintaining the lawn of his Oklahoma (OK) home.
During the summer months, heat and dry conditions can combine with overuse to threaten the health of a lawn. Regular watering is one of the most effective actions a homeowner can take to keep his or her lawn healthy, though this must happen consistently. A rain guage can help the owner to ensure that the lawn receives an inch or more of water per week, though it is important that delivery of this moisture occur at regular intervals and early enough in the day that it does not evaporate in the heat.
A lawn does need mowing as it continues to grow, though the homeowner should take care not to cut it too short. Tall grasses more effectively absorb sunlight and maintain healthy moisture levels in the hot summer days. When mowing does become necessary, the blades should be at the mower’s highest setting, and clippings should be distributed across the grass as a natural fertilizer.
Homeowners should remove leaves and other debris from the lawn, however, as they can damage the soil. Areas of the lawn that seem damaged may respond to seeding, though doing so too often can do more harm than good. Watering a browned area of the lawn is also inadvisable, as it is unlikely to be effective, though these areas often heal themselves as the weather becomes cooler.