Brek Harris, a classical osteopath at Keystone Health recently came to MEDUCOM to speak to the importance of a good posture in the workplace. We learned a good posture is critical to full body health. Slouching can add strain to muscles and put stress on the spine changing its anatomical characteristics and leading to constricted blood vessels and nerves, as well as problems with muscles, discs, and joins. Not only can a good posture help alleviate pain, but it can also help you feel confident, breathe better, improve circulation, enhance overall mood and reduce stress. These three simple steps will help support better posture at your workspace and promote a more productive and enjoyable work environment:
- Raise your monitor to eye level – to reduce strain on your neck and back caused by looking down.
- Use a wrist rest for your keyboard and mouse – to minimize the strain on your wrists and help avoid carpel tunnel.
- Adjust your chair – sit as far back as possible on your chair with your feet planted flat on the ground to reduce slouching and ensure proper balance on your “sit bones”. If your feet do not touch the ground, consider a foot stand.