Posture in the WorkplaceWe are spending more and more time behind a desk and in front of a computer screen than ever before. This makes aches and pains from the office quite common. Slouching, holding our wrists irregularly when we type, or something as simple as reaching across the desk can cause more stress on the body than realized. Sitting with proper posture requires less muscular effort compared to a poor posture. A correct posture results in reduced stress on the joints, improved performance, and a reduced development of musculoskeletal conditions.Extended amounts of sitting can cause low back pain, hip tightness, and neck pain. It is important to not only sit with good posture, but to also get up and move throughout the day. Whether it be stretching, bodyweight movements, or simply walking around, taking a break from sitting is very beneficial (http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25816733). The “couch stretch” is one stretch that can often be done to open up tight hips after long periods of sitting.
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