Here at ProActive Rehab, we are passionate about educating people on helping themselves, more so at a time like this when almost everyone is either working from home or spending long hours on the couch!
Now while some of us are lucky to have a home office with an ergonomic chair, not all of us are that fortunate. If you’re working from your couch, dining table or even a lawn chair, you’re likely to develop a poor posture that can lead to long term problems.
Poor posture may lead to overstretching of some muscles, while others may become stiff and tight. When standing, bending, or lifting objects improperly or slouching while sitting, postural muscles begin to work differently. If this happens, muscle pain may develop. Research also shows that a large number of people who suffer from back pain do so as a result of staying in the same posture for extended periods of time.
|There are certain strategies that can be used to maintain a better posture while engaging in daily activities.1) When working from homeIt’s important to make sure your computer screen is at eye level and that the height of your chair allows your hands to be parallel with your desk, especially if you sit at your computer for long hours. This helps you avoid slouching in your chair or bending forward while working on the computer. 2) When doing chores at homeWhen doing housework such as ironing, the ironing board should be positioned in a manner that prevents you from having to bend over. Excessive bending while vacuuming, sweeping, and shovelling (e.g., leaves or snow) should also be avoided.3) When driving or sitting for long periodsWhile driving, the seat should be in a position that allows your back to press comfortably against the back of the seat in a slightly reclined position. The upper body should not lean too far forward or backwards while driving but should be reclined slightly.If you are experiencing neck, shoulder, or back pain that you think maybe the result of poor posture, our trained professionals can show you stretching exercises and physiotherapy methods that have proven to be useful.Don’t wait too long – schedule a 1-to-1 Online Video Therapy session and get assessed by a physiotherapist without leaving your home!Warmest regards,|
The Team at ProActive Rehab