“Body stressors, such as sitting too much, not moving enough and poor posture may not be very big on their own,” reveals physiotherapist, Anna-Louise Bouvier, creator of the Happy Body at Work program. “But collectively, it can lead to headaches, neck tension, back aches, fatigue, weight gain, digestive problems and even constipation.” She believes it’s important to recognise the signals from your body that it’s overloaded. “Once you recognise these signals, you can use strategies to release some of the load before it becomes a problem.” Signs of stress vary. It could be headaches, mouth ulcers, cold sores, back pain or an upset stomach that can also affect your mood. “Many people find they just feel tired and as though they are getting by on a half flat battery.” Small changes such as sitting less and moving more reduces fluctuations in blood glucose levels giving you more energy. The problem is that poor posture has become normalised.
Spinal and orthopedic surgeon, Dr Ken Hansraj, measured the impact of the typical posture when writing a text message on a phone. The weight of the average adult’s head is 5 kilograms but when it is tilted forward, its weight increases placing greater pressure on the neck. A 30-degree tilt of the head is the equivalent of holding 40 pounds – or 18 kilos — of weight. Hansraj believes it could lead to “early wear, tear, degeneration and possibly surgeries.” It is types of postural stress like this that contributes to chronic pain conditions and is something we are very concerned with at SHDC.
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