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The Slouching Epidemic

Many people across the globe sit for hours and hours at their desks and/or laptops; and most don’t sit upright with good posture. And it’s killing us. Literally.

Did you know that sustained postures and repetitive tasks can be just as debilitating, over time, as more demanding physical labour?

With all the time we now spend on computers, watching Netflix, and even worse, looking down at our phones, we’re developing, as a culture, what’s called ‘forward head posture’. It creates enormous stress on the spine and its supportive muscles, tendons, ligaments and joints.

It turns out that having good or bad posture affects many aspects of health, from mood to lung function and many things in between:

  • confidence

  • thoughts

  • balance

  • mood (i.e. depression)

  • concentration

  • attitude

  • energy levels (fatigue)

  • memory

  • abdominal organ function

  • joint range of motion

  • breathing/lung capacity (respiratory function)

  • muscle, joint, ligament strain

  • neck and back pain

  • headaches

  • TMJ (jaw) pain

Repetitive poor posture causes vertebral subluxation – misalignment of the spine resulting in nerve irritation.

When looking at your desk set-up it is important you analyse all the following areas:

  • Chair height/desk height

  • Keyboard and mouse position

  • Breathe from your diaphragm

  • Don’t squint

  • Don’t cross legs

  • Use a headset (if necessary)

  • Standing desks are great also

Making simple and straight‐forward changes can reduce your risk of injuries significantly, and minimize the risk of musculoskeletal problems in the workplace.

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