Most people were nagged by their parents to sit/stand up straight at a young age, but were there any merit for their annoying comments? The short answer is YES!
Our bodies have stresses placed on them every day and our posture determines how our bodies functions and adapts to these stresses. Our bodies are constantly adapting to change and the stresses that we place on it. These adaptations can lead to dysfunctions in the body and increase the rate at which wear and tear occurs. Poor posture has been linked to tension type headaches, scoliosis, shoulder, and neck & back pain. Poor posture can also lead to impaired organ function, such as decreased lung capacity.
In a healthy spine there are 3 curves; one in the neck, the mid back and in the low back. These curves support our spine by absorbing some of the strain placed on the spine. However an increase in any of these spinal curves can cause dysfunction. Three common postural dysfunctions are sway back posture, increase in the thoracic curve (kyphosis), and forward head carriage. All of these dysfunction place undue strain and can damage the surrounding soft tissue such as muscles, ligaments, tendons and intervertebral discs.
The ideal seated posture you should have your feet flat on the floor, your knees at 90, your shoulders relaxed with your wrists and elbows supported and your spine should be straight. Your computer should be at eye level to help prevent forward head lean.
Good posture is important however it is not enough, our bodies are made to move and they require movement to stay healthy. If you have an office job and have to sit down for extended periods most days, try having micro breaks every 30 minutes to an hour. Alternatively a standing desk is a great option to keep you from staying in the one posture for an extended period of time. If you feel that your workstation or home office needs a revamp Ergoport have you covered. Ergoport have a show room located right next door our clinic, fit with all your home and office ergonomics needs with trials available.
If you have any questions on posture or are suffer from any of the previously mentioned symptoms come in and see us or book an appointment today on 02 9922 6116 or visit our clinic on the ground floor, Suite 6, 157 Walker Street in North Sydney for more information.
By Patrick Lind
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