Monday, July 09, 2007

Good posture, less stress

Keeping a neutral posture avoids injuries ...

"Being neutral is the safest position for office workers.

We’re not talking office politics. This is about posture -- particularly posture while seated at a desk.

The U.S. Department of Labor defines a workplace injury of muscles, nerves, tendons, joints, cartilage or spinal discs that didn’t occur as a result of slips, trips, falls or accidents as a musculoskeletal disorder, or MSD. There is also repetitive stress disorder, injury caused by routine overexertion and overuse of a particular body part, such as the hands.

Of the 1.2 million workplace injuries reported in 2005 -- relatively unchanged from 2004 -- there were 375,540 cases of musculoskeletal disorder, according to the latest statistics available from the Labor Department. MSDs made up about 30 percent of all injuries that required days off for recuperation.

A “body-neutral" position is crucial to avoiding discomfort and injury, said Stephen Conway, a spokesman for the American Chiropractic Association, based in Arlington, Va. He defines a neutral posture as one that doesn’t cause undue stress to the neck, shoulders, wrists or back.

“Anything that takes you out of that position creates an issue for you," Conway said. “What happens is the farther away you go from neutral, the more effort and energy it takes to do the same amount of work."    (Continued via Tuscaloosa News)    [Ergonomics Resources]

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