Posture and ErgonomicsPosture is the position in which you hold your body upright against gravity while standing sitting or lying down. Good posture involves training your body to stand, walk, sit and lie in positions where the least strain is placed on supporting muscles and ligaments during sitting, movement or weight-bearing activities. Good posture prevents strains and injury to your muscles, ligaments and joints and thus prevents unnecessary pain and discomfort. Working or holding the body for too long in one position can cause overuse, injuries and poor appearance.
Ergonomics is the scientific study of people at work. The goal of ergonomics is to reduce stress and eliminate injuries and disorders associated with the overuse of muscles, bad posture, and repeated tasks.
- Paresthesia in fingers
- Aching wrists or carpal tunnel syndrome
- Upper and lower back pain
- Eye strain (redness, dryness, temporary blurry vision, soreness, and headaches)
- General aches in neck, shoulders, arms, back, thighs, and lower legs
- Persistent pain or discomfort in muscles, tendons, and other soft tissue
- Decreased blood flow to the heart
- Invites osteoporosis
- Thoracic Outlet Syndrome
Effective ErgonomicsWhen you are sitting, it is important to take care of your SPINE by keeping your EARS in line with your SHOULDERS and SHOULDERS in line with the HIPS. UPPER ARMS should be close to the body and relaxed and WRIST should be in line with FOREARM.
In the Workplace
- While in the workplace if you are sitting for most of the day you should try to get up and walk around every 2 hours.
- Try breaking up your routine by standing at a standing terminal with a computer or sitting at your desk on a physioball.
- LISTEN TO YOUR BODY!!! If you are starting to feel aches and pains during the day get up, move around and stretch.
- Following all the tips, exercises, and stretches we just provided you will set you up for success and help prevent or delay any pains caused by poor sitting posture.