Posted by: ugleepen | October 19, 2010

Good Posture = Good Ergonomics

You all know that one of my favorite topics is ergonomics. The science of ergonomics exists to help us have the best chances for working in a healthy way. Some ergonomic solutions cost a bit of money, from a good ergonomic desk chair to revamping an assembly line. Other solutions are easy fixes, such as using my ergonomic pen to reduce hand strain.

Another easy fix is good posture. The 21st century workplace forces millions of us to spend hours sitting in front of a computer screen, or doing a job that requires constant repetitive actions. Chances are you already know that you should watch your posture, although few do. But the simple fact is that musculoskeletal stresses and strain can lead to injuries.

Not maintaining good posture and adequate back support can add strain to muscles and put stress on the spine. Over time, the stress of poor posture can lead to constricted blood vessels and nerves, as well as problems with muscles, discs and joints. All of these can be major contributors to back and neck pain, as well as headaches and even fatigue.

If you maintain poor posture over an 8-hour work day, the adverse pressure put on your musculoskeletal system will eventually cause problems. But the good news is that posture-related complications are easily prevented simply by maintaining good posture. Easier said than done? Not if you pay attention to your posture, and allow good posture to become a habit. Try these easy tips:

  1. Awareness
    Become aware of your posture. Remember that it’s important to maintain an overall relaxed posture rather than adopting an unnatural, stiff pose.
  2. Alignment
    Keep the body in alignment while sitting in an office chair and while standing. While sitting in an office chair, take advantage of the chair’s features. Sit up straight and align the ears, shoulders, and hips in one vertical line. Distribute body weight evenly to the front, back, and sides of the feet while standing.
  3. Movement
    Even if you’re sitting in an ergonomically correct chair with the computer and keyboard at the correct height, sitting there for several hours straight will put strain on the body. As muscles tire, slouching, slumping, and other poor postures become more likely, putting extra pressure on the neck and back. In order to maintain a relaxed yet supported posture, change positions frequently. One way is to take a 5-minute break from sitting, or standing.

And remember that using my popular comfort pen, the UGLee Pen, goes a long way toward minimizing the strain that poor posture and repetitive movements during your work day place on your arm, hand and wrist.

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