All too often I see people in the clinic complaining of stiffness and soreness in their upper back, neck and shoulders. 😥
I always ask about how their pain started, their work setup, and assess their muscles and joints (among other things). It wasn’t until I started doing workplace assessments that I realised an important piece of the puzzle was missing!
When I got to see people in their work environment something stood out…
the poor posture habits they had at their desk!
Most people don’t realise, until they’re challenged about it, that they inadvertently fall into weird and not-so wonderful positions when they’re concentrating on their work. 😳
I should know- I’m guilty too! 😬
If I’m concentrating on work (not my posture) I can find myself leaning on my left forearm while I’m using my mouse in my right hand.
How about you? What do you tend to do out of habit when you sit?
And it’s not just while we’re working…
What about while we’re driving (elbow up on the window sill anyone?)
And when we’re on our smartphone or tablet, leaning off to one side while we scroll/ text with the other (mmm, that could be me leaning on my elbow at the table)?
We all need to give ourselves a little pep-talk…