Gaining perfect posture at a desk is not easy, nor common in today’s work world. In fact, most people have inadequate or poor desk posture due to looking at a screen below eye level for hours at a time. You may wonder, “how does this affect me and my organization? “
The realities of poor posture are stark. Back pain accounts for more than 264 million lost work days a year. Individuals with back pain incurred expenditures about 60% higher than individuals without back pain. Shoulder pain costs an estimated $39 billion dollars each year with around 40% of cases lasting over one year. Around 30% of U.S. adults will experience neck pain annually.
A large percentage of musculoskeletal injuries and chronic pain are due to lifestyle. Static posture, or your posture while stationary, directly influences the ability of your muscles to prevent injury. Things like slouching, leaning the head too far forward, the curving of the low back and elevation of the shoulders heavily contribute to chronic conditions.
The total employee wellness program must address the postural habits of an individual to reduce costs and decrease absenteeism. Small changes in how a person holds herself or carries himself can make a noticeable impact on the body’s ability to prevent injury.
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