Injury Prevention Tip: Posture in the Office
Good head, neck and back posture is extremely important in the reduction and prevention of work-related pain and injury. Admittedly, most of us all sit with poor posture at some point. However, it is when the person adopts a poor position for an extended period of time, day in and day out, that it becomes a problem.
Do you suffer from any of these in the office…?
- Sharp neck pain and muscle spasm
- ‘Locked Neck’
- Aching between the shoulder blades
- Lower back pain and stiffness
- Muscle tightness and knots in the ‘Traps’
- Disc injuries
If you do, it could be coming from the posture you are in right now!
A lot of people know they have poor posture, but lack the knowledge of what to do about it and what posture they should be in. Some of the time, the main cause is the set-up of the computer, the mouse, the keyboard, or the type of chair, forcing the person to sit in a poor posture to see the computer screen or to use the keyboard and mouse. Other times it is a lack of strength in the back muscles. But mostly it is a lack of good discipline and maintenance of correcting your posture when it slips during the day.
Our Physiotherapists are the experts in office posture and can advise you on correct layout of your workstation, as well as prescribing you a great program of exercises that you can do at home or in the gym to help you strengthen your spinal and scapular muscles. They are also at hand for treatment of any pain that you suffer that is not going away and can advise you on further massage or Dry Needling therapy that you may need.