|Good Posture Equals Good
Stories from each side of the Atlantic Ocean have
highlighted the benefits of good posture and its
relationship to good overall health. One of the articles
found in the May 4, 2005 PR Newswire highlights the
problem that many people spend all day tapping away on a
keyboard at the office only to come home and slouch in a
recliner for hours while watching TV. This article
points out that 80 percent of Americans have not only
endured back pain, but contribute to it in the way they
sit, exercise, work and sleep.
Across the "pond" in a related April 2005 article from
the British "ResponseSource.com" comes the headline,
"Work May Be Hazardous to Your Health." This article
also highlights the dangers of workplace posture and its
effect on health. In this article the British
Chiropractic Association (BCA) joined forces with Targus,
leading supplier of mobile computing cases, to conduct
the research that showed that a third of office workers
make no adjustments to either seating or computer
equipment when switching desks. The article noted that
the same percentage of office workers say they currently
suffer back pain – and experts believe there may be a
The American PR Newswire article noted that the American
Chiropractic Association (ACA) was declaring May to be
"Correct Posture Month" and is using this event to
highlight the relationships between posture and health.
Spokesperson for the ACA Dr. Jerome McAndrews stated,
"Once established, poor posture creates a chain reaction
throughout the body. The digestive and respiratory
systems will be affected by poor posture, especially
poor sitting posture. And in more serious cases, where
poor posture has had major effects on the
musculoskeletal system, there can be a resulting
negative impact on the vascular system."
In the British article, Tim Hutchful from the British
Chiropractic Association commented, “Whether at work or
at home, computers have begun to dominate our lives, yet
what we don’t realise is that they in fact have the
ability to damage our health. The nation is suffering
from an epidemic of back pain and our working lives
could be contributing to this. By taking time to adjust
your chair and by taking regular breaks can help protect
your spine and prevent the onslaught of back pain”.
Both Chiropractic organizations released a series of
recommendations to help deal with the posture issue.
Similarly, The International Chiropractors Association
also released recommendations related to posture and
sitting at work. These include:
When sitting - use a chair with firm low back support.
Keep desk or table top elbow high, adjust the chair or
use a footrest to keep pressure off the back of the
legs, and keep your knees a little higher than your
hips. Get up and stretch frequently--every hour if you
sit for long periods of time. Do not sit on a fat
wallet; it can cause hip imbalance!
When working on a computer - take a one or two minute
task break every 20 minutes when you work at a computer
screen. Keep the screen 15 degrees below eye level.
Place reference materials on a copy stand even with and
close to the terminal.