How bad is your posture!?
Poor Desk Posture
Correct Desk Posture
Poor posture is the posture that results from certain muscles tightening up or shortening while others lengthen and become weak which often occurs as a result of one’s daily activities, (www.wikipedia.org/wiki/poor_posture).
Prolonged positioning or repetitive habitual poor postures may result in negative consequences such as those listed below:
- pain in the neck, mid-back or low back
- muscle spasm/tightness
- decreased range of motion
- increased risk for disc herniation
- headaches (including migraines, tension)
- teeth clenching & TMJ problems
- loss of overall height
- poor digestion
- less energy, poor mood
Making small adaptions to regular postures and incorporating daily exercises to balance out your posture can have great beneficial effects. Above is an example of how to and how not to sit at a desk.
Exercises and tips to help alleviate muscle tension caused by poor sitting and standing habits can also be found from many sites including this one from the NHS: http://www.nhs.uk/Livewell/Backpain/Pages/back-pain-and-common-posture-mistakes.aspx
The most common poor postures involve slouching and rounding the shoulders or exaggerating the Lumbar curve and sticking out the bottom. These postures are commonly called Upper and Lower Cross Syndrome, described first by Dr. Vladimir Janda. In these syndromes, there is a pattern of imbalance between muscle groups which in turn, results in them becoming relatively tight/short versus muscles that become weak/long.
These postures and muscle patterns are increasingly exacerbated in todays society as we are becoming a more flexion-addicted population. As seen in office workers and students who tend to sit at a desk for prolonged periods and slouch forward to see the computer screen. Other activities include reclining on the sofa and driving in one’s car, these are postures in which people are frequently in a forward flexed position.