Maintaining Posture at Work

Going to work can be a pain in the neck – literally. Studies have shown that prolonged periods of little to no movement can cause stress to the weight carrying areas of the spine. These areas include the lower back, shoulders, and the base of the neck, none of which feel pleasant after not moving for hours at a time.

Posture Problems

Fortunately, there are ways of keeping mid-day stiffness at bay and keep it from affecting job performance. The best way to do so is by maintaining the proper sitting posture whilst working. Many people today have gotten accustomed to the image of an office person stooped over a keyboard, eyeballs inches from the screen.

The spine is one of the most evolved pieces of skeletal framework in the animal kingdom; it’s even the one feature that separates modern man from Homo erectus. It has the best shape possible to carry the body’s weight evenly, but only if people let it do its job. There are four steps people need to do to make sure that they’re using the correct posture.

The Four Signs of Posture

First, the top edge of the screen needs to be on the same level as your eyes. Eyeballs can move; a person’s face doesn’t need to be right in front of the screen to see what’s on it. Second, the face needs to be at least eighteen inches away from the screen. Anything closer than that distance and the body lurches forward, creating a slouch.

The third thing people need to do is to make sure that their elbows are at right angles when resting on the keyboard. This helps people determine the fourth item, which is their pelvis tilts forward slightly so the body’s weight rests on the hamstrings rather than the tailbone.

All these steps are easy to do, but it can be even easier if the furniture were designed with posture in mind. Contact us for office furniture that help promote proper posture in the office.