Posture is defined as the position or attitude of your body at any one period of time. Correct posture is the position which applies the minimal stress to your joints.
Often painful conditions of the spine or other extremities can originate in areas of high stress, regularly the result of poor postures and musculoskeletal imbalances.
Poor Posture: Can Cause Stress and Pain To Your Body
Poor postures do not always present with spine or extremity pain initially. This is because many of us have the joint strength and mobility to correct poor positions and minimize stress to your body.
Unfortunately, not all of us have good postural habit and the ability to correct poor positioning. This often leads to chronic stress and wear of otherwise normal joints in their attempt to accommodate for these poor postures.
Over time this excess stress on the muscular skeletal parts of your body can lead to pain and discomfort, as well as a reduction in your productivity.
Examples of typical posture faults often encountered include but are not limited to:
• Forward head position
• Rounded shoulders
• Loss of the normal spinal curve in the lower back
The early warning signs for posture problems will often include but are not limited to:
• The inability to sit or stand for prolonged periods of time.
• Stiffness when rising from a chair after sitting.
• A feeling of physical exhaustion at the end of the day.
• A sore neck or shoulders while working.
• Dry, tired eyes.
Failure to correct these early signs of poor posture, can often lead to muscle imbalances, loss of normal flexibility and discomfort which often appears to have been brought on for no apparent reason.
Correction of Poor Posture
Sometimes positive posture correction is all that is needed to improve your workstation posture. A few pieces of ergonomic equipment can often help you with these corrections but there is no need to buy too many.
For example: If you neck is saw, simple steps such as raising your screen height may be enough to reduce these aches.
If simple adjustments to your posture are not covering all the issues, then it is time to research the correct ergonomic equipment to help you.
If you are not sure of where your poor posture is starting form, we offer DSE Assessments where we can help and advise you about your posture, workstation setup and if needed, a few piece of ergonomic equipment to help.