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.
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.
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:
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.
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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