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The Importance of Posture in the Workplace
May 18, 2021 | Thomastown Physio
Poor workplace posture is a major cause of back pain, workplace stress and can lead to repetitive strain injuries. This can result in poor employee health and low morale which will ultimately lead to reduced productivity, lost time, and higher business costs.
Our bones hold us up, our joints link our bones, our muscles move the bones around the joints and our nerves facilitate control of the whole body. The key to good posture is correct joint alignment, but muscle activity, balance, and nerves are all part of the picture.
Posture is the position in which you hold your body upright against the forces of gravity while standing or sitting. The key to good posture is training your body to sit, stand and walk in positions where the least strain is placed on supporting muscles and ligaments during weight-bearing activities.
The Effects of Poor Posture may include:
- Poor joint alignment
- General muscle aches
- Increased shear forces within the spine affecting disc integrity
- Compression of the disc and joint structures
- Compression/reduced space for nerves to course through the body
- Reduced blood flow to muscles resulting in increased fatigue
- Overuse injuries
Treatment options treating postural deficiencies may include:
- Core muscle activation
- Workstation setup and ergonomics
- Joint mobilisation
Stretch of the Month: Chin Retraction Stretch
- Pull your entire head backward on your neck
- Your chin should not go down or up but directly backward
- Hold 2 seconds then relax
- Do not poke the chin forwards
Repeat 10 times approximately every hour