How technology is harming your posture at work

February 26, 2013

A new study has found that mobile devices like smartphones, tablets, and laptops have transformed the way work and the way we sit whilst we’re working. These new ways of working have the potential to cause pain and discomfort. The study of 2,000 people in 11 countries, conducted by office-furniture maker Steelcase, unearthed nine new postures that people adopt when interacting with technology. The research shows how the body responds as workers shift from one device to another. 

For example ‘The Strunch’ a stretched out hunch common with laptop users, that puts people at risk of eventual injury to the back, arm, wrist, neck, and shoulder. ‘The Swipe’ position can lead to back and neck pain, as most of us don’t have an elevated display for tablets, so we tend to lean back or hunch over. 

Counteract a day hunched over computer with a Pilates workout to lengthen the spine, and improve posture and muscle alignment. Even if you can’t manage a workout, try and incorporate a few good stretches at the end of the working day. I want to correct your imbalances learned over time by teaching you to recognise where you’re going wrong and giving you techniques to counteract bad habits. Your body will thank you. Good posture prevents backache, muscular pain and fatigue and gives you poise and confidence at work.

nVanessa’s top tips for posture-perfect working
  • Invest in an ergonomic chair such as the Gesture from Steelcase. This is specially designed to give your back proper support.
  • Position your computer screen at eye level and relax your shoulders. This will prevent stress on your neck, back and shoulder area. It may seem strange at first but your whole body will soon feel the difference.
  • Sit with your body weight equally distributed on both sitting bones.
  • Keep your legs uncrossed, with knees at a 90-degree angle and both feet flat on the floor.

Treat your body and book a six-week course of Pilates in Chiswick. View the 9 postures including ‘The Cocoon’ and ‘The Trance’.


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