Poor posture is one of the leading causes of pain in the neck, back and upper extremities. On average, Americans spend 87.5% of their day being sedentary; with a majority of those hours sitting at work.
Musculoskeletal disorders have been affected by occupational factors since the 18th century, and began being readily examined starting in the 1970’s.* Since this problem has been prevalent for hundreds of years, why are so many people still being affected by their physical workspace?
Sitting at a desk or computer for long periods of time with poor workplace ergonomics can cause abnormal joint stress and muscle imbalances throughout the spine and chest. It can cause a person to hunch forward with their neck sticking out in front of them; most commonly known as Forward Head Posture (FHP).
Simple changes can be made to enhance your workspace ergonomics and avoid the adverse side effects associated with Forward Head Posture. Short breaks, such as standing and stretching, should be utilized every 30 minutes and are a great tool for reevaluating your posture. The four tips below can help your sitting posture at the computer.
If you are experiencing pain or discomfort as a result of your workspace, call to schedule an evaluation with our Ergonomics Specialists. Additionally we offer in-office corporate ergonomic evaluations. Call 703.709.1116 to discuss setting up an assessment in your office.
* Information found in the Musculoskeletal Disorders and Workplace Factors publication from The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health.