CORRECT POSTURE AT WORK: A matter of Conscience

Valtrum-SantoremedioCorrect posture at work is part of the elements that we must take care of in our work life to maintain good physical health and adequate professional performance.

Factor often underestimated, correct posture at work refers to the sitting or standing position we adopt when we work and its effect on the body segments. It is associated with musculoskeletal disorders, and can therefore generate injuries and absenteeism because of the physical pain they generate.

There are a number of factors that influence the correct posture at work: the time we maintain the same posture, the frequency with which we adopt it, if it is a forced posture itself and the time we stand in similar positions.

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In any case, correct posture at work should be achieved without effort or fatigue, should not cause pain and should always look for symmetry. This implies that the head will be aligned with the column, ankles will be slightly open, the upper body will upright but slightly inclined forward, the arms will be always supported and aligned at an angle of 90 to 120 ° with respect to the forearms to manipulate objects; wrists always will be straight and aligned with the forearms.

While working sitting, it is recommended to keep our back straight and leaning against the back of the chair, leveling the table at elbow height, adjusting the chair to the type of work performed, and frequently changing posture alternating with others. When working standing up it is also recommended to alternate positions with other favoring the movement, adjust the height to the type of effort made, change the position of the feet often sharing the load, and if possible use a portable or fixed footrest.

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It is also advisable to perform simple muscle relaxation exercises in moments of rest, and wear shoes that allow easily move the toes to promote circulation, with a heel that never exceed 5 cm.

From Valtrum we invite you to adapt your workspace to your needs, taking care of both your posture and muscle relaxation. Correct posture at work depends entirely on you and your body consciousness.

Have a nice week and See you next time!

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