Let’s take a look at posture. Particularly important now that we’ve swapped an office desk, and “proper” chair for the kitchen table and a comfy chair.
There is a lot of misinformation, and fear in relation to posture; but ultimately there is no such thing as a frankly “wrong posture”; or a “right posture” for that matter. What is most important is that you don’t maintain any one posture for too long. Having said that, there are variations of “relatively better posture” and “relatively worse posture” that people can use.
The better the posture the better the bones and joints are aligned, reducing fatigue, strain and overuse. More to the point though, the better the posture, the longer you can hold that one position before fatiguing, straining or overusing your muscles, ligaments and tendons. You can have textbook perfect posture… and still develop fatigue and pain after a couple of hours; or posture to make any therapist flinch… and be happy there… for a few minutes.
The best posture is your next posture; and keeping mobile is what your muscles and joints really want – it’s what they’re for after all!
As a rule of thumb, we recommend against holding any one posture for more than 10 minutes at a time. Where that’s not practical (long car journey, board meeting etc) then take a break every hour; and use that break to return mobility to your joints (as opposed to sitting in a different chair).
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At Back In Action we now offering FREE online consultations (telehealth) via ZOOM. For the time being, these are free of charge, in a bid to help the NHS – if you have a muscular or jointy pain (such as the above), try us, rather than burdening the NHS.
These consultations can cover triage (how serious your condition is) diagnosis, and the most important aspects of treatment (education, home exercises and self-efficacy). Contact us via facebook or phone to arrange this.