Today I’m publishing a guest post article by Dr. Natalie Cordova.
She is writing about an issue I’ve quietly been wondering about for some time.
How much of our poor posture and muscular aches and pains are caused by poor ergonomics? How much of it is caused by poor muscular (especially core) strength? I don’t touch a laptop without using an external monitor and keyboard, but I still suffer from pains and aches. I think that is partly because I simply don’t have the strength to maintain my good posture for a very long time.
An hour or a little longer perhaps, then my posture collapses.
But now it’s Dr. Cordova’s turn.
Learning about computer ergonomics seems to be the term everyone searches for when what they really want to know is how to improve their posture. Much time and effort has been dedicated to creating the perfect workstation and yet the posture problems persist.
They are either in pain or tired of seeing their rounded shoulders and since their problems seems to get worse with each passing hour at their computer, it only makes sense that it must be a computer ergonomics problem.
So why doesn’t everyone have the exact same posture? Why do only some of the people sitting at a computer all day get the rounded shoulders and forward head posture while others get low back issues and some no problems at all.
Is it really only about the computer ergonomics?
If we were to following everyone around during the day, we’d probably find that some people have added in back strengthening activities, even if just be accident. They may not even realize some of the good things they’re doing to help their posture.
Maybe they exercise, or hit the gym regularly. It could be that even though they don’t specifically target their posture muscles, they do enough of a well-rounded exercise regimen to positively effect their posture.
Computer ergonomics are a good thing. Since their implementation, repetitive stress injuries have decreased and I think we all have a better understanding about how a small, seemingly insignficant movement can be magnified by doing it over and over again for long periods of time. Still, your posture will play a huge role in how you feel.
About the author – Dr. Natalie Cordova is a posture exercise expert, chiropractor, and health educator. More information can be found at his website at http://www.postureconfidence.com
I’d like to hear your feedback. Do you know of ayone who has a desk job and who does NOT suffer from constant musculoskeltal pains? Marion?