About a year ago, something shifted in my consciousness and I became aware of how good I could feel if I concentrated on good posture. I remember the moment, standing in line at the grocery store. I was tired and felt a little run-down. I consciously straightened my spine, rolled my shoulders back, stretched my neck a little, and then relaxed in my new, "chin-up" position. I felt better immediately, and I'd like to ask you to do the same right now, and then return to reading this article. Feel better? As it turns out, Edgar Cayce would have predicted that you would. And so would Dr. Harold J. Reilly, author of The Edgar Cayce Handbook for Health Through Drugless Therapy. Many people asked Cayce about their posture, and he also brought it up independent of questioning. Imagine if he were giving readings today, in a world that is so much more sedentary in nature than his and Reilly's time? What would be Cayce's message about posture, and what would it be to you today? Cayce's Three-Point Posture Plan Researching Cayce's readings and referencing Harold Reilly's work, I have concluded that Cayce would make three suggestions to all of us regarding our posture.
While eating a healthy diet is essential when it comes to living a healthier lifestyle just as important when it comes to keeping fit is to take regular exercise. Exercise strengthens muscles, keeps the body toned and the blood flowing healthily around the body while a good well balanced diet helps you to keep trim and wards off illness. Combining the two together is the only way to lose weight, keep it off and live a healthier lifestyle. When it comes to exercising one of the best all-round forms of exercise that you can do and which does not cost anything is walking. Walking has been known to decrease the risk of heart attack, stroke and to lower the blood pressure. It is also a great way of keeping fit and strengthening the muscles of the legs and is a great way of boosting the immune system and easing stress. If you take a brisk 30 minute walk everyday then it will help you to lose weight by burning up calories at the rate of around 200 per 30 minutes. If you can only walk at a slow to moderate pace you can still benefit by losing around 100 calories and of course still have all the benefits it brings to your health.
Lower back pains can be caused or made worse by an uncomfortable sitting posture, especially if you spend a lot of time working at a desk or at a computer. To reduce pain to your lower back, we recommend sitting properly in your work chair, and investing in a more comfortable chair if the one you currently use is not right for you. A few hundred pounds invested in the right chair can save you from hours of discomfort and from expensive treatment. The Right Office Chair The right desk chair or computer chair should allow you to move and adjust your seated position freely as you work. Use a chair that: glides effortlessly on 5 sets of castor wheels, swivels smoothly, and has a well-padded seat and backrest. Also ensure that your chair has an adjustable seat-height and an adjustable backrest tilt. If you already suffer from bad lower back pains, invest in an 'ergonomic' chair with: a posture-shaped backrest, an adjustable seat-tilt and an adjustable lower-back support (lumbar support).
Good posture is an effortless, non tiring stance that can be maintained for a long time. Your posture can be a reflection of your body attitude. A curvature is any deviation of the spine from its normal direction or position. There are two basic spinal curves, which can be viewed from the side. When the posture is faulty, these curves become exaggerated or reduced. Lordosis exists when the neck and lower back dips in to display a curve. Seen from behind, lordosis is an exaggerated hollowing of the back. After time, this may result in a hollow, saddle, or sway back. Kyphosis occurs when the curve dips in the opposite direction, from the nape of the neck to the waist. Seen from behind, kyphosis is an exaggerated rounding or hump. After time, this may result in a humpback. Viewed from the back, the shoulders and pelvis should be parallel and the head in line above the tail, displaying a straight vertical line. Scoliosis is a deviation from that straight line, where the spine curves from its central axis from side to side, resembling an S.
Before you run out and buy an office chair, you owe it to yourself to understand what is an ergonomic furnitures, and what that chair can do for you. Furniture makers have known for decades that office workers who had to sit at a desk all day were susceptible to many problems caused by poor posture, and that the standard office desk chair was a big part of those problems. But they had to spend a number of years just learning how an understanding of human physiology could be engineered into an office chair. When they finally came up with what is called the office furniture, they changed the office culture for good. The business place furniture is designed to support the proper alignment and curvature of the human spine, creating correct posture and relieving stress and strain in the knees, hips, shoulders, neck, and wrists. The First Ergonomic Office Chairs The first of what is now the ergonomic office equipment was developed in Scandinavia in the 1970s, and since them has seen many improvements with its adjustable seat and back heights, adjustable arm rests, memory foam or mesh construction, movable bases and swivel backs.
If you spend much time at a gym, you are probably familiar with the large inflatable fitness balls that the trainers use to develop your flexibility and strength. They come in several different colors and sizes, and are a key part of many peoples' training regimens. The balls are used as platforms for various exercises, and the point is that they provide an unstable platform- predictably unstable, but unstable nonetheless. This instability forces your body to work harder to keep you balanced, and thus you will use and develop the smaller stabilizing muscles that you usually neglect during everyday tasks. Office workers can also benefit from the fitness ball. One of the exercises that trainers prescribe for their clients is to simply sit on the ball and stay upright. So, even in a sedentary office job, there is an opportunity for you to get a light workout without even leaving your desk! But how does sitting down equal a "workout"? It works because of a system in your body called the proprioceptive sense.
Fitness balls, also known as Swiss balls or stability balls, have been a boon to the fitness industry. They open up new opportunities for workouts and stretches, and have also become popular as chairs in an office situation. Simply by sitting on a fitness ball, an office worker can exercise and tone his or her back muscles, thus improving posture. But, if just sitting is not enough, office workers can go one step further and perform some simple exercises behind the desk that will enhance the effects of the ball. Here are five good exercises to try during a coffee break: The hip twist. While sitting at your desk in a normal position, straighten your spine and move your hips left and right while keeping your shoulders and arms fixed. Repeat for 10 cycles. Butt lifts. Lay on the ball, face-up, with your shoulders and neck supported by the ball, your knees at a right angle, and your feet firmly planted on the ground. Slowly lower your butt about halfway to the ground without rolling the ball, then bring it back up until your body is in a straight line.
If you want a more productive workforce and freedom from unnecessary medical and insurance expenses, then the answer is 'Yes'. You will find ergonomics a worthwhile investment, with savings made in terms of decreased absenteeism, time wasted, medical costs and employee turnover. You can also look forward to a more motivated and creative workforce. You will be amazed by how simple improvements on the physical arrangement of your office can do wonders for your business. So how should you get started with your ergonomics efforts? Arrange desks and seats the proper way. Computer users are most vulnerable to risks of acquiring cumulative trauma injuries (work related upper limbs disorder). One best way to prevent this is by paying attention to your employees' desk and seat arrangements. You can start by keeping the monitors at the employees' eye level. The desks should be conducive to this kind of arrangement. This will keep the employees' heads over their shoulders, a good position for avoiding strain on the neck, back and shoulder.
We have become a nation of professional sitters. Next time you are in an office building, look around at all the people sitting behind computers. Chances are, you'll see a full array of really bad posture positions: necks craning forward, slumping upper backs, rounded shoulders. Sitting for a long time is a major cause of back discomfort: it puts continuous pressure on the muscles and discs of the lower back. You may think your back muscles get a rest when you sit. Actually, they're working very hard to hold you upright. Sitting puts 40 percent more pressure on the lower back disks than standing does. Sitting is particularly hard on the lower back, especially if you sit with your lower back rounded out (called forward flexion). Make sure you sit with your pelvis in neutral where the top of the pelvic bones (iliac crests) should line up with the pubic bones. This is much less stressful for your lower back. Leaning over a desk and looking up and down from a keyboard to a computer screen puts pressure on the neck and upper back, too.
Ergonomics is a huge field potentially incorporating many sciences, a huge number of processes, and nearly every tool and object used by humans. The basis idea is simple, although biotechnologists might have you believe otherwise. Ergonomics is simply the application of science to the tools we use and the systems within which we work. The goals are the same across the board: to make our physical environment more comfortable and less stressful on the body, to improve efficiency, and to produce a high level of quality. While ergonomics seems like a recent buzzword, the concept is anything but-there is evidence that the Greeks were working on streamlining their work spaces as early as the 5th century BC. The word itself first appeared in the mid-19th century and was applied to certain jobs such as coal mining and bricklaying in order to find what tools allowed a job to be done quickly and most productively, and to determine which steps of a task might possibly be eliminated or rearranged.