Friday, September 28, 2007

Three Secrets to Perfect Posture

Quick tips for improving posture ...

"If you're reading this article most likely you're sitting at a computer. Take a moment to notice your posture right now.

Are your legs crossed? Is one hip forward or back of the other? Shoulders slumped forward? Upper back hunched? Head jutting forward to read the screen?

If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, chances are good that you don’t feel great sitting the way you’re sitting right now. You may not feel particularly bad, but the effects of poor posture are cumulative.

Our culture is more sedentary than ever before. The increase in computer use for work and play has contributed to our sedentary ways. Repetitive use injuries like carpal tunnel syndrome or neck strain are on the rise. Ergonomic office and computer furniture, not to mention specialists who come to your office to fit you for the furniture – are becoming more common.

Can you lower your risk of becoming injured at your desk?

You bet you can.

Proper fit

First make sure that your work area fits you correctly...

Your chair should give you proper lumbar support and promote a comfortable up-right posture. Your feet should comfortably reach the floor directly in front of you. The height of your chair is relative to your work area and what you are doing, but as a general rule your elbows should be slightly below or up to level with your wrists, not above.

If you have an injury or condition that mandates correct posture in order for you to work without pain, have your work area checked over by someone who specializes in ergonomics to give you a recommendation on what would work best for you."    (Continued via Ezine Articles)    [Ergonomics Resources]

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