Sedentary Posture & Ergonomics

Humans have evolved from hunter gatherers and since the 1950s our lifestyle has become increasingly sedentary. The graph on the right shows what the department of Social Security paid out for back pain up to the late 90s which almost mirrors computer use during the same period

Our spines have not had time to adapt in this minute period of evolution, resulting in a huge increase in health problems such as back and leg pain, sciatica, headaches and migraines, neck, shoulder and arm pain, pins and needles, whiplash and poor posture. To help your spine adapt better to these stresses we have produced a Spinal Care information pdf for you to download page1 page 2.

Ergonomics is the study of the interaction between people and machines and the factors that affect these interactions. There are many factors to consider when improving human-machine interaction, above all the users should benefit from ergonomic improvements rather than make the user fit the system. Much of the emphasis of ergonomics is on human capabilities and limitations and a need to design systems that reflect these limitations. However despite all the developments in ergonomics there has been an exponential rise in low back pain since the introduction of computers to the workstation in the mid 80s.

The most helpful thing you can do to prevent and manage back pain is to keep your back fit and healthy by leading an active lifestyle. So when people ask for recommendations for a "good chair" I will often advice the least comfortable one because you are less likely to sit in it for hours. When you have to sit on something try a Swiss Ball because its instability enables the stress of sitting to be spread over a broader area. Have a look at the video clip on right about sitting while driving.We sell a number of products to help prevent a recurrence of problem.

The links on the side provide a guide to good posture but knowing what is good is not the same as doing what is good. Spinal Joint runs a core stability class at Esporta in Kingston every Monday night at 8.30pm that provides a one stop shop to overall postural and core strengthening. We can also provide individual exercises as part of a treatment program and run one on one rehabilitation sessions for those who need extra assistance.