Office Ergonomics Training - Looking Good Ain't All It's Cracked Up To Be
Bad Habit #2, Sitting with legs crossed or leaning over on your hip and arm rest.
"Ergonomics" (the scientific study of equipment design, as in office furniture or transportation seating, for the purpose of improving efficiency, comfort, or safety).
In order to maintain good office ergonomics posture, understanding the science behind it makes it easier to incorporate correct body positioning. NASA has spent decades and millions of research dollars to understand the long-term effects of "bad posture".
While crossing your legs, or leaning to one side resting on your hips or armrest, may look good, it cuts off, or hinders, blood circulation. This can eventually cause nerve damage, irritate or strain your body's bone-tendon-muscle connections, and increases your risk for developing a Repetitive Movement Injury, (RMI) or Musculoskeletal Disorder, (MSD).
Watch for these symptoms:
- Numbness or hands burning
- A reduced range of motion in your hands, arms, shoulders, neck or back
- Diminished hand grip strength
- Pain in hands, wrists, forearms, elbows, neck or back
- Stiff or swelling joints
Sit Smart and Pretty
Using correct office ergonomic posture may feel funny at first, until we "re-train" our body. However, good posture shows in how we look, feel and carry ourselves. In short, good posture is attractive!
Learn to become consciously aware of your body posture and any "awkward" positions you tend to favor. When you notice yourself falling into your old bad habits, quickly begin these new, good posture techniques:
- Keep your feet flat on the floor or supported by a foot rest, if you sometimes stand while working, make sure you have a pair of good cushioned shoes
- Make sure your head and neck are in alignment with your spine
- Avoid crossing your legs, leaning on the armrest, or other conflicting positions that can cause circulation restrictions
- Evenly distribute your weight between both hips.
|TRY THIS: Making posture or position changes throughout the day is a necessity. Sitting in the same position for long periods of time is boring and not good for the body.
Try using the seat "slider" and seat pan "tilt" to make any needed position changes throughout the day. You will break up the monotony of sitting the same way all the time. You can even recline the seat back some and use your new neckroll...but don't fall asleep, the boss is watching.
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