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The Dangers of Sitting

What Happens as You Sit

Man Sitting at Work

The stress on your spine and muscles is very high when sitting. A phenomenon known as “creep” happens when you are in any single position for a long time. Creep is a process in which ligaments and muscles gradually stretch to unsafe lengths due to prolonged stress on them.

After creep has happened, the ligaments and muscles are stretched to the point where you’re at risk for injury with even the smallest movement. What’s worse is that this often happens without you even being aware of it.

Stay Healthy While You Work

Take a 10-15 minute break every hour or two, stand up and move around. You can also continue working in a standing posture for a few minutes. This will help reduce the forces and stresses on your body for less risk of injury.

The Rule of Nineties

Good ergonomic posture involves thinking about 90-degree angles at your ankles, knees, hips and elbows.

  • Desk: Adjust your desk height to get the elbows at your sides at 90 degrees.
  • Monitor: Place your monitor at eye level directly in front of you.
  • Chair: Adjust your chair to accomplish the 90-degree angle at your ankles, knees and hips.

(Tip: Laptops make it impossible to accomplish your elbows at 90 degrees and your monitor at eye level. If you spend many hours at a computer each day a laptop is not ideal as it can be harsh on your health over time.)

If you have more questions about proper ergonomics or are experiencing aches and pains, give us a call. We’re here to help you feel and live your best. (403) 243-8118

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