Why Movement and Variation is Vital for Office Workers’ Posture

If you’ve ever looked at the structure of the skeleton, or one of those spine models you see in physios’ treatment rooms, then you’ll quickly appreciate the importance of movement.

Just think of all the infinite changes in position your body is able to make. Then you’ll realize variation in movement is what it is designed for.

So when you spend long hours fixed in the same position in a poor computer chair, you’re completely going against what your body is made for, and this is not good. In reality, you do move constantly, even when sitting in a bad chair.

The problem is, it isn’t supporting you properly. Even when sleeping at night, you will likely move several times during the night. Why is it so important to move and be correctly supported when sitting?

When we’re young, it doesn’t seem too important. Our body seems to be able to quickly recover. However, as we get older, things change and recovery of posture takes longer. If you ignore it for too long, the consequences can be quite serious.

You need only observe other people to see this. I recently saw a man, probably in his 60s, who had no movement in the vertebrae in his neck. The bones were fused together and as a consequence, his head was permanently pointing downwards.

He needed to read a notice board and the only way he could do it was to lean back about 30 degrees so he could read it. Don’t let something like this happen to you.

First, pay attention to pain. It’s your body’s way of telling you something isn’t right. So if you have neck pain, for instance, ask yourself why.

Chances are, you’ve been sitting in the same unhealthy posture for far too long. Get up and take a stretch, do a few simple exercises to get things moving again.

Second, if you have a crappy chair and you find pain and discomfort issues are getting worse, maybe it’s time for a change.

A good quality office chair is one of the best investments you can make for your body and healthy back support. So rather than skimping and buying another cheap task chair, think about the benefits you will gain by opting for quality. Here’s a quick summary of some excellent office chairs designed to support you properly and remain comfortable when working long hours

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