The Importance of Good Posture in the Workplace
Chances are, if you’re reading this, you may have suffered from the effects of poor posture at some point in your career. According to the Arthritis Disease Center, 50 to 80 percent of Americans complain of back pain in the workplace, often as a result of poor posture over time.
Poor posture which results from multiple habits you pick up while sitting or standing around your office space, especially behind the desk or computer. Knowing what good posture looks and feels like can reduce pain and discomfort no matter what type of chair you sit in for no matter how many hours of the day.
How Bad Posture Happens
Much of your posture comes from habit. A lot of people with poor posture normally pick up the bad habit through their leisure time whether it be watching television, using technology like phones or tablets, playing video games or even how they sit while in their cars.
Poor posture can also result from a combination of these factors:
- Accidents and injuries
- Foot problems or improper shoes
- Excessive weight
- poor sleep support
- Weak muscles
- Poor self-esteem
- A poorly designed work space
- Careless sitting, standing or sleeping habits
Risks of Bad Posture
Lets just get to the point, your posture directly affects your health.
When your posture is bad, pressure on your spine is increased leading to tension, soreness, back pain, headaches and fatigue. Bodily systems such as digestion, breathing, muscles, joints and ligaments are all compromised.
Poor posture first leads to fatigue. As your muscles begin to work harder to hold you up or maintain an abnormal way of sitting, you’ll exert more energy leaving you without as much.
As you begin exerting more energy, muscles become tighter in your neck, back, arms and legs. More than 85 percent of neck and back problems result from tight or achy muscles from on-going posture issues.
Tighter muscles lead to joint stiffness and pain, all the result of bad posture. As you begin to experience stiffness and pain in your joints, you’re at an increased risk for arthritis that if not treated, will leave you with a lifetime of pain and discomfort.
Tips to Maintain Good Posture
Taking time to focus on your posture has more benefits than you think. As you go throughout your daily routine, having good posture allows your bones to properly and stay aligned giving your muscles, joints and tendons the ability to work like they are supposed to.
To ensure you’re preventing any unnecessary health concerns related to bad posture, follow these tips:
- Be aware of your work surroundings -- If the setting you’re in at the moment is putting your posture at risk, brainstorm other ideas that could reduce those risks. Many offices are beginning to provide adjustable desks that allow works to stand or sit at their own discretion. Other office spaces provide medicine balls as an alternative to a normal work chair.
- Maintain a healthy weight -- Excessive weight in your midsection can pull on your back causing major back problems resulting in bad posture. Reducing your weight will allow you to walk, sit and stand straighter taking much of the pressure away from your spine and other joints.
- Create an exercise routine -- Not only will this help you accomplish your weight loss goals, an exercise routine will keep you flexible while allowing your body to maintain muscle strength to support good posture.
- Have your eyes checked -- Optometrist’s suggest vision problems can affect the way you carry yourself and can have an impact your posture.
- Sleep better -- Choose the right bedding to allow a more restful night's sleep. Many people choose memory foam mattresses because of the added support to the spine and and other bones. By sleeping eight hours with correct posture, you’ll begin to walk, sit and stand during the day with better posture.
- Get medical attention after injuries -- After a slip, fall or injury, assess the accident and any damage that might have occurred as a result. Injuries may cause broken bones, fractures, or joint displacements that if not fixed, can cause permanent posture problems.
- Take Breaks -- If you feel as if you’re becoming too stiff or sore while sitting at your desk, take a 5-10 minute break and walk around your office or at least stand and stretch. This will loosen your bones, joints and tendons to allow you to continue working throughout your day.
Finding the Right Chiropractor
Going to the chiropractor has always been a task many are afraid of simply because the thought of popping, adjusting or moving our bodies in an abnormal way, scares us. Choosing the Chiropractic Center at Styertowne will relieve any fear and, of course, your back pain from continuing.
Having back or neck problems in Clifton? Call The Chiropractic Center at (973) 767-1677 for a consultation.