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POSTURE ASSESSMENT

contact stress

POSTURE ASSESSMENT WITH CONTACT STRESS

Like most office workers, you probably know that contact stress is a risk factor in the office.  

But did you know it can also cause changes to your posture?

Poor posture can not only cause pain in muscles and joints but also cause decreased productivity and musculoskeletal injuries.

 

posture assessment
posture assessment

START HERE

Let’s start with becoming aware of our body at work.

Just before you’re ready to dive into work, STOP.

Take notice of each part of your body.

  • your head and neck
  • shoulders and elbows
  • wrists and fingers
  • back and hips
  • knees and ankles
  • feet and toes

STEP #2

Check to see if you’ve got any areas of contact stress – a part of your body in contact with office furniture or equipment.

This can include:

  • arm rests of the chair
  • your desk
  • laptop
  • keyboard tray

 

posture assessment
posture assessment

STEP #3

Back to your body.

Look to see, and start to feel what happens to your body if you removed the support you’re currently using.

What muscles would have to work extra hard (and get tired, sore, and overworked) if you weren’t resting on the ‘item’ causing contact stress.

YOUR NEXT STEPS

Compare your ‘contact stress’ posture to your posture when you’re in proper body alignment.

If you can’t replicate proper body alignment when you’re in your work posture, then you know there has to be adjustments to your office setup.

If you can’t get your body into proper alignment, then you know there’s some corrective exercises that need to become part of your routine.

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