Posture & Ergonomics
Proper posture is important to help your body function at optimum levels. Good posture promotes movement efficiency and endurance, and contributes to an overall feeling of well being. Erect posture contributes to good appearance by projecting poise, confidence and ease.
Proper posture is also good prevention. If you have poor posture, your bones are not properly aligned and your muscles, joints and ligaments take more strain than nature intended. This may cause fatigue, muscular strain and, in later stages, pain. Many individuals with chronic spinal pain can trace their problems to years of faulty postural habits. Poor posture can also affect the position and function of your internal organs, particularly those in the abdominal region.
Ergonomics is the science of arranging and adjusting your work environment to fit you and your body. Working at a computer or at any repetitive tasks can take a toll on your body. Sore muscles, headaches, eyestrain, tension and fatigue can result.
If you answer 'yes' to several of the following questions, you may need an ergonomic and/or postural evaluation.
- Are your eyes frequently tired at the end of the day?
- Are your neck and shoulders often stiff and sore?
- Do you ever feel pain or discomfort in your back while working at your task?
- Do you feel tingling, numbness or pain in your forearm, wrists or hands?
- Do you get stomachaches or indigestion during the day?
- Are your legs often stiff and cramped, or do you have swelling and numbness in your ankles and feet?
We have therapists with special training who can instruct you in correct posture, how to move your body with ease, and help you fit your work environment to your body.
Tips you can use:
- Take micro breaks during the day.
- Shoulder blade squeeze: Keeping your neck and back straight, your eyes looking forward, arms by your side and palms facing forward, squeeze your shoulder blades together. Hold for a few seconds, relax and repeat 3 times. Keep your breath slow and steady.
- Palm your eyes: Rub your hands briskly together, then cup your hands and place them lightly over your closed eyes. Hold for a minute while breathing deeply in and out.