Proper Posture is extremely
important to your health. There are many misconceptions about
what the right posture is. Most of the information here is
for a typical computerized office. Many of the concepts can
be applied to other situations. Any reduced stress to your
spine can prevent common aches and pains which can lead to
increased work production and increased health. I hope some
of this advice will help you.
the past 15 years, office environments have drastically
changed because of the more frequent use of computers.
In the old days, you could read memos and do some writing,
and if you became uncomfortable, you would shift positions
automatically and unconsciously. Now with the non-mobile
computer monitor on your desk, you must adapt yourself
to it. Sometimes we adapt to it compromising correct posture.
This is not a good practice. With very little effort, we
can save our health and continue to work efficiently.
The best positions in which to work
are those that keep the body in a neutral position.
back with its natural "S" curve intact
elbows held naturally at the sides of
wrists in neutral position
is important to maintain the natural S-curve
of the back whether sitting or standing. Sometimes
additional lumbar support is helpful if you are
sitting for long periods of time. Note that it
is impossible to hold a rigid position as shown
in these pictures for long amounts of time. These
are only two examples of good posture.
Remember however, that no one
posture is good for a long time. The best posture is a constantly
changing one. If you don't believe this, take a car ride from
New York to Los Angeles one day. Even with the "best" posture
in the world and the finest leather seating you will quickly
realize my point.
Did you know that sitting down
actually puts 50% of a greater load on your spine than standing.
When standing, it is often helpful to use a foot rest to keep
the spine in its best alignment. When sitting, leaning back
slightly is often helpful.
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